The section of Highway 2 connecting Nebraska and Iowa reopened Friday morning, with severe restrictions, after 56 days of closure.

The highway, which connects Nebraska City to Interstate 29, had been closed because of flooding. At 10 a.m. Friday, a temporary one-lane rock roadway with concrete barriers and a pilot car began allowing traffic to travel along the highway between the two states.

The Iowa Department of Transportation warns drivers to expect long delays. It recommends that only local traffic use the temporary roadway.

Some of the road remains underwater. The temporary lane uses a permeable rock surface, which allows water to continue to flow underneath and prevents it from further flooding the surrounding land.

The portions of the highway using the gravel surface will be limited to one lane in one direction, led by a pilot car along westbound lanes. Another temporary lane has been built in eastbound lanes, but water levels will need to drop further before it will open.

The Iowa DOT warns that the roadway is still vulnerable and that the highway passage may close periodically based on changing water levels. Check Iowa 511 for updated information.

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