Highway 34 bridge on schedule

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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 12:00 am

The new bridge over the Missouri River is expected to be open in about a year, according to a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Scott Suhr, district transportation planner for southwest Iowa, said Thursday the projected completion date will be sometime in the fall of 2014.

“It sounds like everything is on schedule,” he said. “They’re hoping to pour a portion of the deck sometime in the near future on the Iowa side.

“They’re still setting some beams and that type of thing, but everything right now is on track.”

The Highway 34 bridge, as it is currently known, will connect Interstate 29 and southwest Iowa to southeast Sarpy County at Platteview Road. The access road from U.S. Highway 75 is almost complete and consists of about one mile of four-lane divided pavement.

Suhr said similar bridge access work is progressing on the Iowa side.

“That’s doing well, as well,” he said. “Of course, we haven’t had ideal conditions for paving, but the majority of the paving will be done this fall. There will be some tie-ins to frontage roads and side roads and bridge approaches that will be done next summer and fall.”

The bridge is a project of the state of Iowa.

It is expected to spur significant economic development on large tracts of land south of Offutt Air Force Base, which is the targeted future growth area for Bellevue.

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