Commuters traveling via Highway 34 over the Platte River will need to find an alternate route soon.
Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) reported the bridge carrying highway 34 over the Platte River — 1.3 miles west of Iowa 25 — closed Wednesday while crews work to replace it.
According to Scott Nixon, IDOT resident construction engineer, the bridge is traveled by more than 2,000 motorists and will reopen as late as early September.
During this project, a paved detour directs westbound traffic south on highway 25, west on Taylor County Road J-13 (110th Street) and north on Taylor/Adams County Road N-64 to highway 34.
Eastbound traffic will be directed south on Adams/Taylor County Road N-64, east on Taylor County Road J-13 (110th Street) and north on Iowa 25 to U.S. 34.
Construction crews from Cunningham-Reis Company of Van Meter will also grade and pave approximately 1,500 feet of approach pavement as part of the $2 million bridge replacement.
The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones.
As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles and wear seat belts.
For traveler information anytime, visit www.511ia.org, call 511 (within Iowa) or 1-800-288-1047 (nationwide).
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