I-80 bridge to close in Omaha on Wednesday night

Motorists driving on Interstate-80 in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area will face an overnight detour. Workers plan to install new girders on the Riverview Bridge, located about a-half mile west of the Iowa/Nebraska border.

Marvin Lech, with the Nebraska Department of Roads, says the bridge runs over I-80. Lech says the Interstate will be closed from 11 p-m Wednesday until 6 a-m Thursday. If the work is not completed, I-80 will be closed again late Thursday night into Friday morning. The marked detour will re-route traffic on Interstates 480 and 29.

Lech says the Riverview Bridge, originally built in the early 1970s, does not carry much traffic. “The only reason (the bridge) is being rebuilt is to accomodate the widening of Interstate 80 through that area,” Lech said. The cost of the bridge project is estimated at more than $1.5 million.