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Iowa DOT Hoping to Keep I-29 Dry

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Published on Jul 14, 2011

(BLENCOE, IA) Flood fighting efforts are ramping up along Siouxland's main artery.

This year's flooding is affecting nearly everyone and everything, from homeowners to the Interstate, we're all fighting to stay dry.

As flood waters creep closer to I-29 near Blencoe, Iowa, the Department of Transportation has a unique construction project to battle the rising tide.

By raising the grade, they're working to stay high and dry for years to come.

Siouxland's been battling an angry Missouri River for weeks. In western Iowa, volunteers have been sandbagging and building levees.

Near Blencoe, Iowa, there's no exception. The water stretches for nearly as far as the eye can see, and that's causing the Iowa Department of Transportation to take action.

The DOT is adding some permanent protection, raising I-29's southbound lane by one foot.

"Due to flooding, it was determined that it would maybe be under water, so they're adding a foot to have that precaution," says Dean Herbst, the Resident Construction Engineer with the Iowa Department of Transportation in Sioux City.

It's a three-quarter mile stretch that was reconstructed just last year. After $1.2 million, this span of I-29 should stay high and dry for years to come.

But this is just the latest in a long line of construction projects throughout Siouxland. So, remember: whenever you see those orange cones, stay alert.

"The key is just to pay attention to the signing that's coming out there, and when we're advising you to slow down that you follow that," says Herbst.

The I-29 southbound ramp near Blencoe will be closed for the duration of the project.

If you don't like to see road construction, don't worry, this project won't last long, it should be wrapped up by next week.

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