Frequently Asked questions
WHAT IS THE I-80/I-380 SYSTEMS INTERCHANGE PROJECT?
The I-80/I-380 Systems Interchange Project is a comprehensive redesign to improve interstate and regional travel. The project is in Johnson County at the junction of Interstate 80 (I-80), Interstate 380 (I-380) and United States Highway 218 (U.S. 218). This important regional transportation hub is located within the cities of Coralville and Tiffin and serves the greater Iowa City metropolitan area. This project reconstructs the interchange and adds lanes, allowing more vehicles to travel safely and reliably through the area.
WHERE IS THE PROJECT LOCATED?
This project is located at the juncture of I-80 and I-380 near Coralville, between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. This map illustrates the new systems interchange design.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE I-80/I-380 SYSTEMS INTERCHANGE PROJECT?
This critical project will make it easier and safer for both commuters and freight haulers to travel through the area. The interchange is a major crossroads for the state of Iowa and the rest of the nation. As one of the busiest interchanges in the state, I-80/I-380 is a vital link in the state and nation’s overall connectivity, mobility, freight movement, and economic well-being. Installing new directional ramps will increase the safety and flow of traffic, replacing the current loop ramps that cause congestion and safety issues due to weaving traffic.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF I-80/I-380 SYSTEMS INTERCHANGE PROJECT?
Once the project is completed, we expect to see significantly fewer crashes, which means fewer injuries and fatalities. Over the next 30 years, models predict approximately 64 million fewer hours of traffic delays and the estimated typical trip will be 5-35 percent more reliable or more likely to arrive on time than is happening right now.
WHAT CONSTRUCTION EFFORTS WILL TAKE PLACE IN 2023?
For information on 2023 construction efforts visit the Construction Updates page.
HOW LONG WILL CONSTRUCTION TAKE PLACE?
Traffic impacts due to construction of the I-80/I-380 interchange are expected to continue through the 2024 construction season, with final erosion control expected in 2024.
IF I OWN A BUSINESS IN THE PROJECT AREA, HOW CAN I STAY INFORMED?
We understand that this interchange is a primary gateway from the west for the Iowa City area and from the south for Cedar Rapids. The interchange provides direct access between two significant job markets. Nearly 18,000 Johnson and Linn county residents live in one county and work in the other, and an estimated 35,000 daily trips are taken between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids for school, shopping, and recreation. Additionally, this interchange is often traveled by visitors, students, and patients of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. We are committed to minimizing the impact to travelers and local businesses. If you are interested in discussing how construction might affect your business, please contact us for additional resources or to schedule a meeting.
IF I AM A MEMBER OF THE MEDIA AND HAVE QUESTIONS, WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?
If you are a member of the media and have question about the I-80/I-380 systems interchange reconstruction project, please contact Cathy Cutler, District 6 Transportation Planner for Iowa Department of Transportation at 319-364-0235 or email Catherine.Cutler@IowaDOT.us.
WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE OF PLANNED CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES?
To view the full schedule, view the project schedule web page.