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DOT sets June 5 meeting in West Branch on I-80 work

Project will widen road from 4 lanes to 6

The public will have a chance to weigh in on state plans to widen Interstate 80 to six lanes east of Iowa City in Johnson and Cedar counties.

An open-format meeting is set for 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 5 at West Branch Town Hall, 113 N. First, to discuss right of way needs with the Iowa Department of Transportation.

The plan is to widen I-80 from four lanes to six from about 1.5 miles west of the Herbert Hoover Highway in Johnson County to Charles Avenue in Cedar County, east of West Branch.

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