Interstate 880

History
East End
West End

Overview

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

Route Information

  • East End – Minden, IA

  • West End – Loveland, IA

  • Mileage – 17.2

  • Cities – none

  • JunctionsI-29 I-80

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
I-880 Neola Township, IA

Interstate 880 eastbound in Neola Township, Iowa. Photo taken 06/17/15.

History

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 I-80 – Minden, Iowa

I-880 East at I-80

I-680 east at I-80 - Neola, IA

The first sign for Interstate 80 (Exits 29A/B) posted along I-680 east appears ahead of Neola Creek. Photo taken 06/17/15.

I-680 east at I-80 - Minden, IA

Motorists continue just a half mile from the diamond interchange with Iowa 191 north and CR G8L south to the ramp partition (Exits 29A/B) for Interstate 80. Photo taken 06/17/15.

I-680 east at I-80 - Minden, IA

Crossing over Mosquito Creek, the eastbound lanes of I-680 turn southward and separate. Exit 29B takes eastbound motorists 100 miles to the capital city of Des Moines. Photo taken 06/17/15.

I-680 east at I-80 - Minden, IA

Exit 29B provides return access southwest toward Council Bluffs and Interstate 29. This movement is useful for Iowa 191 southbound traffic interests from Persia, Portsmouth, and Panama. Photo taken 06/17/15.

I-80 West at I-880

I-680 west at I-80 - Minden, IA

Lowering to cross and old railroad grade and Keg Creek, motorists along I-80 west see the first advance sign for Interstate 680. Photo taken 03/28/16.

I-680 west at I-80 - Minden, IA

Interstate 80 rises on a bluff west of Exit 29 on the one mile approach to the westbound split with I-680. Interstate 680 is signed with Sioux City for the connection with Interstate 29 north. The Missouri River city is located 89 miles to the northwest. Photo taken 06/17/15.

I-680 west at I-80 - Minden, IA

Interstate 80 angles southeast to Neola, Underwood and Council Bluffs en route to Downtown Omaha while I-680 bee lines west to Loveland and Interstate 29. The freeway comprises a rural route to north Omaha. Photo taken 06/17/15.

West End I-29 – Loveland, Iowa

I-880 West at I-29

I-880 west at I-29 - Loveland, IA

Interstate 880 lowers from the Loess Hills scenic overlook to Loveland and I-29. Photo taken 06/17/15.

I-880 west at I-29 - Loveland, IA

Interstate 29 travels north from I-880 to Sioux City and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Photo taken 06/17/15.

I-880 west at I-29 - Loveland, IA

Interstate 880 concludes with two lanes continuing south along I-29 toward both Council Bluffs and Omaha, Nebraska via I-680 west. Photo taken 06/17/15.

I-29 South at I-880

I-29 south at I-880 - Loveland, IA

Interstate 29 travels south from Harrison County two miles to the trumpet interchange (Exit 71) with I-880 east. Photo taken 06/17/15.

I-29 south at I-880 - Loveland, IA

CR G12 extends west from parallel CR L20 (old U.S. 75) at Loveland to meet I-29 at Exit 72 ahead of Interstate 880. Photo taken 06/17/15.

I-29 south at I-880 - Loveland, IA

CR G12 extends west from parallel CR L20 (old U.S. 75) at Loveland to meet I-29 at Exit 72 ahead of Interstate 880. Photo taken 06/17/15.

I-29 south at I-880 - Loveland, IA

Exit 71 loops away from I-29 south onto Interstate 880 east. The rural freeway bee lines east across the Loess Hills to I-80 near Minden. Photo taken 06/17/15.

  1. @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.
  2. “Northern tier of I-680 to be renamed I-880.” WOWT-TV (Omaha, NE), October 14, 2019.
  3. AASHTO 2019 Annual Meeting, Special Committee on U.S. Route Number, Agenda.
  4. Iowa Completion Status of Interstate System as of January 1, 1982.” Iowa Department of Transportation.
  5. “Flooding closes parts of I-680, I-29 near Council Bluffs, Missouri Valley.” Omaha World-Herald (NE), September 21, 2019.
  6. “Flooding closes I-29, I-680 close due to flooding” Des Moines Register (IA), September 20, 2019.
  7. Brooks, Robert. “I-880 full signed” Message to AARoads. 10 November 2019. E-mail.

Page updated November 14, 2019.