Weather Delays Continue on 380 Work

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Warm, calm weather can't come soon enough for road projects in eastern Iowa.

The Iowa DOT says the rain and snow is impacting a major bridgework project on I-380.

I-380 Bridgework has been delayed for the second time due to weather.

Right now the Iowa DOT tells us they are waiting for drier pavement.

Crews are planning to close the northbound on-ramp to I-380 from Wilson Avenue.

All Northbound I-380 traffic will be shifted to the right to make an extra lane for Southbound traffic.

The project involves a bridge deck overlay over 15th and 16th Avenue, but before that can happen crews are waiting for dry pavement before they start their work.

"Just because we need to do those pavement markings on their tape and like most tape when it's wet it doesn't stick as well so we like a nice dry day to put it down," says Cathy Cutler, with the Iowa Department of Transportation.

When crews do start this project, traffic is expected to be impacted when they close the Wilson Avenue Northbound on-ramp to I-380.

"We go to work on those shoulders first in making sure we have the crossovers built in so it's really preparatory work before we actually start on the bridge deck itself, I would think that would take about three weeks to get everything established and ready to go, again it's all weather dependent so if we get rain or snow, we'll be delaying the project by a few weeks," says Cutler.

Commuters should take southbound I-380 and 33rd Avenue to get onto northbound I-380.

This project will cost nearly $1.5 million to complete and depending on the weather, this project is expected to be completed sometime in October 2018.

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