Interstate-680 in southwest Iowa may re-open well ahead of schedule. Crews have been working non-stop for several weeks to rebuild the three-mile stretch of I-680 from I-29 north of Council Bluffs west into Omaha.

It was reduced to rubble because of the months-long Missouri River flood. The Iowa D.O.T.’s goal was to have that section open by the end of the year but now say it might be as soon as Thanksgiving.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says funding for repairs, around $20-million, will be funded by the federal D.O.T.

By Karla James