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I-29 reopens more than a month after devastating flooding

I-29 at mile marker 57 has been closed for northbound and southbound drivers since March 19 due to flooding.

Posted: May 8, 2019 9:28 AM
Updated: May 8, 2019 2:23 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) More than a month after devastating flooding, I-29 reopened north of St. Joseph Wednesday.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said the interstate opened today to all traffic between Exit 56 and the Iowa state line.

I-29 at mile marker 57 has been closed for northbound and southbound drivers since March 19 due to flooding.

"More than 12,000 vehicles utilize I-29 through Northwest Missouri daily to access locations in Iowa and points north. Due to the lack of detour routes in Northwest Missouri that could handle that many cars, trucks and heavy commercial vehicles, all through traffic was rerouted onto I-35 or U.S. Route 71," MoDOT said in a statement.

2019 NORTHWEST MISSOURI FLOODING INFORMATION

The Iowa Department of Transportation reopened its section of I-29 between the Missouri border and U.S. 34 this morning.

Drivers heading into Iowa should still expect delays due to intermittent lane closures approximately eight miles north of the Missouri border. MoDOT said traffic moves head-to-head and a 12-foot width restriction is in place.

Drivers still do not have access to several roads west of I-29 in Atchison and Holt counties due to flooding and damage.

The Rulo and Brownville Missouri River Crossings remain closed because of heavy damage and water over the roadway.

MODOT TRAVELER INFORMATION MAP

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Today will be another warm and sunny day with highs back in the low to mid 90s. The heat index will be slightly higher today due to the increased humidity. Temperatures will start to rapidly warm on Thursday and Friday with highs in the upper 90s. Heat index values both days will likely be near or at the triple digits. Rain chances will start to increase Friday night into the weekend as a cold front approaches our area. Temperatures will cool into the lower 90s for the weekend with highs back in the 80s for the beginning of next week.
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