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Reconstruction of southbound I-380 near Evansdale begins April 23

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – April 18, 2012 – Work on a project to reconstruct the southbound lanes of Interstate 380/U.S. 20 in Evansdale from the U.S. 20 interchange north 6.5 miles to west of River Forest Road will begin on Monday, April 23, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s New Hampton construction office.

This construction project will require a single lane closure in both the north- and southbound lanes to allow the contractor to build median crossovers and patch the northbound lanes in preparation for closure of the southbound lanes. Because of the reduced number of lanes, travelers in the area are strongly encouraged to find alternative routes while the project is underway to avoid any delays and traffic congestion. Traffic may back up beyond the limits of the work area and motorists should be prepared to come to a complete stop.

In early June, southbound traffic will be switched to the northbound lanes while reconstruction of the southbound lanes takes place. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained in the northbound lanes throughout the project. This is expected to last into the fall. A traffic information system that includes traffic management cameras, road sensors and dynamic message boards will be used to detect trouble spots, dispatch services and help commuters avoid backups. Travelers will be able to view real-time conditions at

The Iowa DOT has developed a website at to provide ongoing information related to the I-380 revitalization project. The site includes project details, corridor facts, a project timeline, emergency detour routes, and photos of the project area and construction activities.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles and wear seat belts.

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