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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.


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.


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