April 24, 2014

Busy section of Highway 1 re-opened in Eastern Iowa

Highway 1 between Solon and Mt. Vernon was heavily damaged by flooding. One of the heaviest traveled eastern Iowa roads, that closed in mid-June because of flood damage, is back in business for the first time today.

Steve Bellmer with the Iowa Department of Transportation says workers were forced to grade and repave a nearly one mile stretch of Iowa Highway 1 between Solon and Mount Vernon.

"We had to remove quite a bit of pavement because it was undercut and there was a span of a couple hundred feed that was completely washed out," Bellmer said. "There was some granular shoulder we had to replace, but we also replaced a lot of it with concrete shoulder…hopefully to stabilize it and keep it from washing out later." A crew of workers started removing and replacing the pavement on July 11th.

Bellmer says the project was a top priority since motorists were forced to use a 45 minute detour through Cedar Rapids. Bellmer says Highway 1 carries more than 5,000 vehicles per day. The contract for the project was for $547,000.

A few other heavily damaged highways in eastern Iowa remain closed because of the June flooding. They include sections of U.S. Highway 6 and Iowa Highway 22, both in Muscatine County and Highway 150 in Benton County. http://