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Highway 3 Closes in Bremer County

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

A highway closed for construction is causing some major headaches in eastern Iowa. Highway 3 has been closed just east of Waverly as construction crews work on the Highway 63 and Highway 3 interchange.

The detour takes drivers north of Waverly on County Road V-14, then east on County Road C-33, and then south again near Readlyn on County Road V-43.

Truck driver Brad Nelson went past the road closed sign on Highway 3 and got a chance to see the construction workers in action.

"I saw a sign outside of Waverly that said road closed and I hadn't heard anything so I thought I'd sneak up here once to see what was going on. I didn't figure they would have it completely tore up and shut down all the way," said Nelson.

The construction on Highway 3 is part of a bigger project of turning Highway 63 into a four lanes.

"Right now as far as this closure of Highway 3, it doesn't have anything to do with 63 itself, it just deals with the new interchange to go over Highway 63," Pete Hjelmstad of the Iowa Department of Transportation.

For drivers trying to get east or west on Highway 3 the detour is a bit out of the way according to drivers.

"This is a pretty heavily traveled highway and to close it down completely in the middle of the day. Now I'm going to have to go back out of my way a few miles to get where I need to unload this afternoon," said Nelson.

While this project has caught a lot of drivers off guard, it's something that they're going to have to get used to. It's scheduled to take at least another two months.

"That's really going to put a damper on the situation with us running through here when we use this highway for a number of small customers to get to and now I'm not quite sure how I'm going to get where I need to be over there," said Nelson.

According to the Iowa DOT construction office in New Hampton, Highway 3 will re-open at the end of May, as long as the weather cooperates.

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