Category Archives: Construction

Feb 15

Yes, they’re really going to cram a SPUI in there

I’ve looked at the entire letting document for the IA 27/58 interchange at Viking Road in Cedar Falls and I continue to marvel at the idea. The document, nearly 400 pages long, was released ahead of the official letting on … Continue reading

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Feb 12

Suggestion: Rebuild Northeast 14th — then reroute US 69

Tuesday night there will be a meeting for a project years or decades overdue: Expanding US 69, aka Northeast 14th Street, between I-80 and Ankeny to four lanes (PDF). It’s in the part of Polk County that officially is not … Continue reading

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Feb 07

Animated annual report for Council Bluffs interstate project

The Iowa DOT has put out its review of the 2017 construction season for the Council Bluffs interstate project. A lot has been done, but there is so much more to go. The biggest development was the opening of the … Continue reading

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Dec 20

50th anniversary of four-lane 63 in Traer

With the calendar ticking down toward 2018, I don’t have much space left to cover an anniversary I kept putting off. US 63 was four-laned through Traer in 1967. Structures were far enough from the road that there were no … Continue reading

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Dec 11

IA 100 signs at I-380 to be replaced

Buried in the bid lettings for August 2017 was a sign contract mostly centered around the IA 100 interchange with I-380. There’s a significant difference in the new signs — Cedar Rapids has been replaced with Iowa City for the … Continue reading

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Dec 08

US 61 Grandview bypass update

Correcting here and there: The expectation of four-lane US 61 opening around Grandview, extending the four-lane south from the Louisa/Muscatine county line, did not happen until December 1, Jason Hancock says. I should have put a question mark on the … Continue reading

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Dec 01

DOT wants US 30 interchange at R70

Next Tuesday, the DOT will hold a meeting in Ames about closing off intersections on US 30 just east of I-35 in favor of an interchange. Substantial lengths of frontage road will have to be built in order to serve … Continue reading

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Nov 28

Grandview bypass opened last week – UPDATED

The Muscatine Journal‘s coverage of the Louisa County Board of Supervisors earlier this month had a single paragraph mentioning that US 61 from the county line to 130th Street was expected to open Nov. 20. The new four-lane includes interchanges … Continue reading

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Nov 22

Grand Junction overpass finished

US 30 on the east side of Grand Junction opened a week ago (via Greene County News Online).

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Nov 17

New Sabula bridge opens today

September 27, 2015: My last trip across the Savanna-Sabula Bridge, before any major construction began on its replacement. A ribbon cutting for the new US 52/IA 64 bridge over the Mississippi River, officially known as the Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge, … Continue reading

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