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Some Council Bluffs homeowners say construction could force them out

Some Council Bluffs homeowners say construction could force them out

Wanda Denton has called her Council Bluffs neighborhood home for decades now.

"I've been in here for 60 years and raised children by my self," said Denton. "We have a wonderful neighborhood, we all get a long."

A construction project on nearby I-29 and I-480 will start soon, and she doesn't know if she'll be able to stay in her home.

Iowa's Department of Transportation says it still doesn't know exactly how deep into the neighborhood the interstate needs to go, but officials do say they may have to resort to eminent domain.

It means the state could force homeowners to sell their homes to the state.

The state says it hopes the extra space and the construction in part will get rid of a left merge when heading to Nebraska.

Some drivers we spoke with say the change is welcome, but Denton says she just hopes it won't force her to move.

"If I got to another place, it'd be a strange place," said Denton. "It would take a while to get acquainted with everybody."

There is a public meeting on the construction project. It is scheduled for August 15th, 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Council Bluffs Interstate System Improvement Program Office inside Mall of the Bluffs.

For more information on the construction project, go to: http://councilbluffsinterstate.iowadot.gov/

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