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Commuters take heed: Traffic changes coming to I-80/I-380 ramp

The Interstate 80 to Interstate 380 interchange is seen from above in Iowa City on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (Andy Abeyt
The Interstate 80 to Interstate 380 interchange is seen from above in Iowa City on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

CORALVILLE — Significant traffic changes on the Interstate 80/Interstate 380 interchange are anticipated this week as part of the yearslong project of redesigning the junction.

The Iowa Department of Transportation said eastbound I-80 to northbound I-380 traffic will be moved soon to a new flyover ramp. Northbound Highway 218 traffic also will be shifted to new pavement in the median throughout the interchange, the Iowa DOT announced.

Earlier this month, a new I-80 eastbound to Highway 218 southbound exit was opened.

The changes will come with some traffic impacts, the Iowa DOT said:

• I-80 westbound to I-380 northbound is expected to be closed from 8 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. Traffic will be detoured to Coral Ridge Avenue and Forevergreen Road.

• The I-80 eastbound to the I-380 northbound ramp will be closed starting 7 p.m. Monday for up to three days. Traffic will be detoured to Coral Ridge Avenue and Forevergreen Road.

• Northbound Highway 218 will be reduced to a single lane until the reconstruction of northbound I-380 is complete.

• Highway 218 to the I-80 westbound loop ramp will be closed permanently. Traffic will be detoured to Forevergreen Road.

The entire interchange project is tentatively scheduled to continue through 2024.

Comments: (319) 339-3155; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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