Unique Method Could Hasten Highway 2 Opening

NEBRASKA CITY – Scott Suhr, transportation planner for the Iowa Department of Transportation, says a unique method is being tried to re-open the flooded portions of Highway 2 near the Missouri River bridge.

Water is still flowing over the roadway, but the transportation department hopes it can still be opened soon.

Suhr said one foot of a course rock aggregate has been placed over the flooded area. It is topped with a fabric barrier and then covered with road rock.

Suhr: “The thought is that water will percolate through the aggregate and allow traffic to pass through this area.  We are monitoring this area to make sure it is safe before we put traffic onto Iowa 2.  Hopefully we will be able to open this roadway soon.”

Nebraska officials say the method is intended only for light, local traffic.