NEBRASKA CITY – Transportation officials announced Tuesday that the Iowa Transportation Commission has recognized Highway 2 as a priority corridor between the Missouri River and Interstate 29.
The transportation department is charged with recommending improvements, including an overflow bridge, by Nov. 1.
Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce wrote a letter in support of the overflow bridge.
The letter says Nebraska City sees “first-hand” the hardships caused to the residents of southwest Iowa when they are separated by flooding. NCTC said a majority of businesses in Nebraska City employ someone that must cross the river and said over $500,000 has been spent housing employees affected by flooding.
NCTC: “When Highway 2 is closed, secondary highways in the region become overloaded and dangerous to travel.”
NCTC urged Iowa to raise the base of Highway 2
The US Coast Guard has re-opened a portion of the Missouri River to commercial and recreational boat traffic.
A 420-mile stretch of the river Napoleon, Mo., to Sioux City has been opened.
There are still some stretches in Nebraska, where boaters need to operate at the slowest speeds possible.
Last week, only vessels needed to repair levees were allowed to operate.
The Iowa Department of Transportation reported Wednesday that mobility between Omaha and Council Bluffs improved with the re-opening of Interstate 29 near Crescent, Iowa, and Interstate 680 from I-29 to the Nebraska border.