CONSTRUCTION SEASON: Projects Will Slow Drivers

When snowbirds head north, they expect winter to be over.

Myron Naugle expects Iowa will follow the trend he saw coming back from Phoenix this week.

“We find out from driving these 1,600 miles back and forth that almost everywhere has construction going as far as your cities,” said Naugle.

The Iowa DOT will begin several projects this month.

The goal is to add or widen lanes to improve traffic flow but the trade-off is that everyone has to slow down first.

Monday night, work begins on I-35 from the west mixmaster, south to the Raccoon River Bridge.

“We’ll be modernizing that pavement and adding capacity. We’ll be making it six lanes wide,” said Andy Loonan, Field Services Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Transportation.

The project will be completed by 2015.

In the meantime, two south-bound lanes will flow through the median while north-bound traffic remains in its current two lanes.

If you drive I-235, get ready for a hang-up in Windsor Heights.

Beginning April 22nd, there will be orange cones in the westbound lanes between 63rd street and 73rd Street.

“We’ll be adding an additional lane westbound. Right now there’s a land drop and we’ve had some capacity complaints,” Loonan said.

That project will force the off ramp at 73rd Street to close for two months in the summer.

The construction is bad news for people trying to get to businesses in Windsor Heights.

“We won’t provide a detour, we’ll just close it. Locals will find their way like they always do,” Loonan told Channel 13 News.

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