Highway 30 open one last weekend

Staff report
Tuesday is the day.


Until then, the U.S. Highway 30 overpass just outside Grand Junction remains temporarily open.

Work was slated to begin this week on a $6.5 million overpass replacement project.

The contractor now anticipates closing the road at 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to Jenny Hoskins, Jefferson resident construction engineer for the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Work will begin with removal of the current overpass, built in 1957.

The demolition schedule is on hold, Hoskins said, pending approval of the plan by the Union Pacific Railroad, whose tracks run underneath the overpass.

The contractor and DOT don’t want to close the road until necessary, Hoskins added.

Officially, the detour for eastbound traffic once construction begins will be Highway 144 north to Dana, E26 east, then U.S. Highway 169 south to Highway 30.

The Highway 30 overpass — spanning the Union Pacific rail line and 222nd Street — is traveled daily by about 4,830 vehicles, according to the state.

Completion is expected in November.

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