Approximately 18 miles of mainline interstate (I-80, I-29 and I-480) and 14 interchanges (three interstate-to-interstate interchanges and 11 interstate-to-local street interchanges) are included in the study area.
The interstate system in Council Bluffs typically carries 20,000-75,000 vehicles daily, with 11-25 percent of those vehicles being trucks. On some areas of I-80 more than twice the number of vehicles use it compared to the traffic volume estimate used during the original design. By 2030 traffic on I-80 between the I-29 interchanges is expected to increase to over 120,000 vehicles a day. Currently, traffic on I-29 north and south of I-80 averages 20,000 vehicles per day, and that number is expected to at least double by 2030. View the complete CBIS project overview.
Solutions for the Council Bluffs interstate system will balance engineering requirements with environmental and community issues. Federal, state and local environmental legislation and procedures will guide the evaluation of possible solutions. Examine the environmental studies associated with this project.
To develop a vision for the aesthetic treatments and enhancements, the Iowa DOT created an Aesthetic Subcommittee made up of community members to assist in developing a plan for the project. The subcommittee helped develop an Aesthetics Master Plan for the interstate corridor that incorporates local culture, landscape and other planning initiatives to create a cohesive interstate corridor that is attractive and easy to navigate for daily commuters as well as first time visitors. View feature projects and the project master plan.
Public meetings will be held for the Council Bluffs Interstate System (CBIS) improvements throughout the project development process. The meetings provide opportunities to review the progress of the project, ask questions of the project team and are a great way for the public to stay informed.
Download materials from recent meetings.
Another part of the public involvement plan is INSIGHT, the newsletter published at key milestones throughout the project. The newsletter provides information to the public about project progress. INSIGHT also serves as an announcement for upcoming public meetings.
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As part of the proposed improvements, additional right-of-way may be required. The following paragraphs provide information regarding the right-of-way process followed by the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT). Please keep in mind that specific right-of-way needs have not been identified at this time. Learn more about the acquisition process and download helpful brochures from the Iowa Department of Transportation's Office of Right Of Way.
The State of Iowa’s acquisition and relocation program is conducted in accordance with the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (Public Law 91-646), as amended. Relocation resources are provided to all residential and business relocatees, without discrimination. Learn about relocation assistance.
Corridor Preservation Zone
The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) implemented a Corridor Preservation Zone (CPZ) for the Council Bluffs Interstate System (CBIS) improvements project on September 20, 2005. Learn more about the CPZ.
This project is being developed by the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT), in cooperation with the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).