NORTH End: Direct merge into I-29 (exit 56), Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County

Facing north on 192

Photo by Neil Bratney

Neil says this sign is at the onramp to I-29 NB. Someone left a January valentine: "Roses are red / Violets are blue / I love you / Iowa 192!" Sounds like a road geek to me.

Facing north on 192

This second view shows the lane merging with I-29 and the Loess Hills in the background. A fellow roadgeek has suggested that IA 192 would make a perfect Business Loop I-29; I agree.

Facing south on 29

Whoops...the sign makes sure to tell you to exit left, but the exit tab indicates a right exit.

Facing south on 29

Facing south on 29

The exit for 192 is a two-lane left exit. Neil Bratney says this was where I-29 stopped between 1958 and 1968. "All traffic had to come on to 16th Street here, while I-29 was built around the west side of CB." Exiting traffic crosses under northbound 29 and runs into a stoplight soon after.

SOUTH End: I-80/I-29 exit 3, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County

Facing south on 192

Closeup of "End" sign, with the End at the bottom

Photo by Neil Bratney

Facing north on South Expressway (which becomes 192)

Facing north on 192 (first sign)

Facing north on 192

Continuing north on 192, a traveler will go on a viaduct and then be dumped onto a one-way street in downtown. (The 80 shield was fixed in the next six weeks.)

Facing east on 80, but heading south on 29 (2006 / 2008)

Replacement of the 24th Street bridge in 2008 is one of the first visible signs of the Council Bluffs interstate reconstruction project. It's first in part because it will be the detour for US 275/IA 92 while the Missouri River bridge there is finished.

Facing east on 80, but heading south on 29 (2002 / 2007)

Left photo by Neil Bratney

As you can see, this exit is very close to the south 80/29 split. Diagrammatic signs (background) replaced the ones that were on the same gantry. A wider arrow shows more lanes going to 80 than 29.

Facing west on 80, but heading north on 29

Facing west on 80, but heading north on 29

Photo by Neil Bratney

That's what the sign looks like with a shield attached, but it has since fallen off (below).

Facing west on 80, but heading north on 29

The disappearing, reappearing highway

When IA 192 was originally commissioned, it ran south from the intersection of Ninth Avenue and Main Street, where US 275 was at the time (it turned from Ninth to Main and 192 went south on Main; see below). Various extensions and reroutings followed, and for a time in the late 1970s the route appears to have been removed entirely, at least on official maps and logs. So, although the numerical designation remains from 1931, the roadway 192 follows is completely different.

Although it did not go south from 80 after the late '70s, a AAA map from 1992 still shows it here. Also notice that on the AAA map, 275 seems to be on two routes at once (the south route is correct).

Left: 1937 (ISU Parks Library); Right: 1992 (AAA Omaha map)

Pictures by Neil Bratney: First, seventh, 13th, and 16th, 1/18/02

Pictures by me: Third and fourth, 6/9/03; fifth and 14th, 5/13/07; second, sixth, eighth-tenth, 14th, 15th, and 17th, 6/12/06; eleventh, 6/26/06; twelfth, 4/6/08

Page created 3/31/02; last updated 8/3/08

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