ATLANTIC, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Transportation awarded a $905,636 contract Thursday to Reilly Construction Co., Inc. of Ossian to begin emergency repairs to Iowa 2 west of Horse Creek in Fremont County.

 This area was overtopped by flooding in March and severely damaged by a second round of flooding in May.

The emergency repairs will restore limited mobility between Interstate 29 and the Nebraska border.

Once opened, traffic will travel in a head-to-head pattern in the westbound lanes. This temporary solution is expected to be completed by mid-August.

Several options are being considered for permanent repairs to Iowa 2 that will reduce the chance that Iowa 2 will be overtopped by floodwaters in the future.

Overflow bridges will also reduce impacts from overtopping, if it does occur.

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On July 3, the transportation department reported repairs to Interstate 29 ramps.

Highway 2 July 2019