Iowa Slashes 2013 Schedule of I-29 Construction

Iowa state transportation officials scaled back the plan for the 2014 widening of Interstate 29 in Sioux City. The project hit a snag when IDOT received only one bid for one of the four projects to be done this year.

The project would add a lane to southbound I-29 from the Floyd Boulevard exit south to near the Floyd Monument. Plans included replacement of bridges over the Floyd River and Bacon Creek and rebuilding the southbound entrance ramp onto I-29 at Floyd Boulevard.

Potential bidders had raised several concerns about accessibility, as the bridges are in a tight spot next to the Missouri River. The IDOT rejected the lone bid, which came in slightly above engineers' estimates, and chose to modify the project. It now calls only for replacement of the Bacon Creek bridge.

Whether the entire I-29 expansion project, heading into its sixth year, remains on pace for completion in 2018 is still unknown.

(more on I-29 widening in Sioux City . . . )