A new type of freeway at the overlapping segments of Interstates 80 and 29 in Council Bluffs is set to open Wednesday, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation.

The dual, divided freeway, which the Iowa DOT calls the “first in the region,” features two separated segments of three lanes each.

It separates local traffic from through traffic. Exits for Council Bluffs will be accessible only on the local side of the freeway. Drivers who accidentally take the express lanes could exit at 13th Street in Omaha and turn around.

Only the I-80 westbound and I-29 northbound lanes are set to open. The other side will open late this year.

The dual, divided freeway is part of a $1.6 billion reconstruction project that began after a 1999 study, according to the Iowa DOT. It is projected to be completed by 2024.

The agency announced that multiple detours will start Sunday to implement the change. Details are available on its website.

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