Interstate 29 has reopened — with some restrictions — from the Glenwood, Iowa, interchange to Missouri.
All lanes of I-29 also opened Wednesday morning in northwest Missouri.
The stretch of Interstate has been closed since March floods damaged the highway, cutting off the major north-south route and the main highway passage from the Omaha metro area to Kansas City.
But construction crews have made steady progress on repairs, leading to Wednesday morning’s announcements of the reopenings. Officials had targeted June for the reopening in Iowa, then recently moved up the schedule to Memorial Day.
The reopening in Iowa covers the route from U.S. Highway 34 near Glenwood to the Missouri border. I-29 north of Council Bluffs remains closed between the Crescent and Loveland interchanges.
Drivers south of Council Bluffs can expect occasional lane closures and head-to-head traffic for 1 mile over a southbound bridge at mile marker 8.5, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation.
For now, no oversized or overweight loads will be allowed, officials said.
But many smaller towns in Nebraska will welcome losing some of the traffic that’s been diverted to smaller highways south of the Omaha area, including U.S. Highway 75.
Residents have complained about the loud, heavy traffic and speeding from traffic that had doubled or tripled with I-29 closed.
Some other adjacent highways along the route remain closed.
That includes the U.S. Highway 34 connection between I-29 and Bellevue.
Iowa Highway 2 is open to eastbound traffic off Interstate 29 and has access to traveler services.
Nebraska Highway 2 is closed.
Drivers can check current closures at www.news.iowadot.gov and www.511.nebraska.gov.
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The Elkhorn River at the Maple Street bridge is shown under water Monday March 18, 2019.
Floodwaters from the Elkhorn River have gone down and now expose a heavily damaged West Dodge Road.
Floodwaters from the Elkhorn River have started to recede, exposing a heavily damaged West Dodge Road.
The eastbound lanes of West Dodge Road just west of 228th Street show the damage done after floodwaters went down Monday.
A cow makes its way through floodwaters near Columbus, Nebraska, on Friday.
A shell of the Spencer dam is left on the Niobrara River.
Floodwaters engulf a farm near Missouri Valley on Friday.
Floodwaters flow over a railroad bridge near Arlington, Nebraska, on Friday.
Floodwaters make their way into North Bend, Nebraska, on Friday.
The Elkhorn River encroaches on Waterloo on Sunday.
A portion of Highway 92 has been destroyed by floodwaters in western Douglas County.
The Elkhorn River has covered several parts of western Douglas County.
A levee breach is shown on the Platte River near Ashland on Sunday.
Valley is shown inundated by floodwaters on Sunday.
An aerial view of Missouri Valley near the Interstate 29 exit on March 15.
An aerial view of Missouri Valley as floodwaters continue to impact the area on Friday.
A house is surrounded by floodwaters near Waterloo, Nebraska, on Friday.
Floodwaters envelop King Lake, Nebraska, on Friday.
Floodwaters swallow the town of Rogers, Nebraska, on Friday.
Water recedes in the town of Niobrara NE., on Friday March 15, 2019. The highway showing is Hwy 12 and Hwy 14 Junction.
The Morman bridge on Highway 12 between Niobrara and Niobrara State Park was wiped out by a flood.
A train is stopped on flooded tracks next to the Platte River near Cedar Creek, Nebraska, on Friday.
Interstate 29 surrounded by water near exit 56 in Council Bluffs, which is part of a section that is closed due to flooding on Friday.
Highway 75's northbound lane is closed because of flooding near Merritt's Beach RV Park on Friday.
A Nebraska National Guard helicopter flies over areas flooded by the Platte River near Columbus, Nebraska, on Friday.
Highway 81 covered in floodwaters south of Columbus, Nebraska, on Friday.
A Nebraska National Guard helicopter flies over flooded Waterloo on Friday.
Cars drive drive across a flooded Platte River on Highway 50 just north of Louisville on Friday, March 15, 2019. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD
Water covers a road near Valley, Nebraska on Friday, March 15, 2019. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD
A westward, aerial view of a flooded Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park on Friday.
An aerial view of Missouri Valley, Iowa, as floodwaters continue to impact the area on Friday.
The National Weather Service in Valley, Nebraska was evacuated due to flooding on Friday, March 15, 2019. CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD
A truck drives through a flooded road near the Platte River on Friday.