Interstate 880 is a rural freeway linking I-29 at Loveland with I-80 north of Neola and Minden in western Iowa. The route provides a regional connection from I-80 west of Des Moines with I-29 south of Sioux City. Collectively with I-29 south and Interstate 680 around the north side of Omaha, I-880 also forms a bypass of the Council Bluffs/Omaha area.
Traversing the Loess Hills, I-880 rises from the Missouri River flood plain to a pair of rest areas and a scenic overlook. Two interchanges line the undulating route. County Route L34 links with I-880 south of Beebeetown and Iowa 191 with I-880 just west of the exchange with Interstate 80 in northeastern Pottawattamie County.
The redesignation of Interstate 680 to I-880 was announced by the Iowa Department of Transportation on October 14, 2019.1 Sign changes were implemented along the northern segment of I-680 in late October and November 2019.2 All I-680 guide signs were amended and mile markers and exits renumbered to reference I-880 by November 10, 2019. The cosigned portion with I-29 south to Crescent was unchanged at the time.7
East End – Minden, IA
West End – Loveland, IA
Mileage – 17.2
Cities – none
- Junctions –
Source: estimate from Google Maps
I-880 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
|Location||Vehicles per day|
|I-29 to CR L34||6,500|
|CR L34 to Iowa 191||6,400|
|Iowa 191 to I-80||6,400|
Interstate 880 in Pottawattamie County, Iowa was established by the Iowa Department of Transportation along the east-west leg of I-680. Approved by the AASHTO Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering on October 5, 2019, the designation was meant to alleviate motorist confusion during closures of I-29 and I-680 due to flood waters from the Missouri River.3 With the need to differentiate the closures on I-29 and I-680 more accurately, communicating closures for local and regional travelers arose as an issue during the Spring 2019 flooding events. Renumbering the northern segment of I-680 as I-880 will eliminate the confusion.2
The freeway for I-880 opened to traffic in its entirety along with Interstate 80 west from U.S. 59 on December 13, 1966.4 It was marked as Interstate 80N until 1973, when it was incorporated into an extension of I-680 northeast from Crescent.
Heavy rainfall over Nebraska and South Dakota in September 2019 resulted in another round of flooding from the Missouri River. Marking the third closure of I-29 and I-680 near Council Bluffs in 2019, all lanes of I-680 between the Mormon Bridge and Interstate 29 near Crescent, Iowa, and I-29 between N 25th Street in Council Bluffs and the north split with I-680 (Exit 71) near Missouri Valley were shuttered on September 21.5,6
East End – Minden, Iowa
West End – Loveland, Iowa
- @cnclbluffs511 (Council Bluffs 511). “The northern segment of Interstate 680 in western Iowa renamed I-880 https://news.iowadot.gov/newsandinfo/20.” Twitter, 14 Oct. 2019, 2:13 p.m., twitter.com/cnclbluffs511/status/1183808032993464320.
- “Northern tier of I-680 to be renamed I-880.” WOWT-TV (Omaha, NE), October 14, 2019.
- AASHTO 2019 Annual Meeting, Special Committee on U.S. Route Number, Agenda.
- “Iowa Completion Status of Interstate System as of January 1, 1982.” Iowa Department of Transportation.
- “Flooding closes parts of I-680, I-29 near Council Bluffs, Missouri Valley.” Omaha World-Herald (NE), September 21, 2019.
- “Flooding closes I-29, I-680 close due to flooding” Des Moines Register (IA), September 20, 2019.
- Brooks, Robert. “I-880 full signed” Message to AARoads. 10 November 2019. E-mail.
Page updated November 14, 2019.