Category Archives: Construction

Aug 15

‘Prioritization’ for four-lane US 30 segments

Last week’s Iowa Transportation Commission meeting included approval of “U.S. 30 Corridor Prioritization,” a designation that doesn’t mean anything concrete yet on a timeline or funding. Stories: KWQC (above, misidentifying “Iowa Highway 30″ at the start), KCRG (using KWQC’s footage). … Continue reading

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Aug 14

Cedar Rapids converting Second Avenue to two-way

Starting today, Cedar Rapids will being converting Second Avenue from one-way to two-way in downtown. This is one block east of Business 151. It’s going to take a while because the city is going to add “bump-outs” — things on … Continue reading

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Aug 07

Lansing bridge meeting Tuesday

April 17, 2015: Iowa end of the Black Hawk Bridge in Lansing. Many more pictures of the bridge and intersection are on my Lansing page. The bridge piers are 120 feet too close to each other for modern navigation standards. … Continue reading

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Aug 04

Does US 30 need four-laning in eastern Iowa?

Ever since the mid-1960s, US 30 has been viewed as an eventual four-lane corridor across the state of Iowa. Over the years, it’s been improved in fits and phases across eastern and central Iowa, while the western part has fallen … Continue reading

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Jul 18

The Peosta not-quite-freeway

The future Southwest Arterial and Swiss Valley Road interchanges planned on US 20 southwest of Dubuque will cut down, but not eliminate, at-grade intersections between the west side of Dubuque and Peosta. There was a public meeting last month on … Continue reading

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Jun 14

I-380 construction will split travel lanes

While traveling in Kentucky last year, I encountered a road construction phenomenon I haven’t seen often, if at all. While a rural interstate was being expanded to three lanes in each direction, an on-site detour had one lane of traffic … Continue reading

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Jun 07

Tama County US 30 construction to begin

Construction on new lanes for US 30 east of Tama will start later this summer, the Marshalltown Times-Republican reports. In the highway program, this project is under the header for grading in fiscal 2018. (The five-year plan itself notes that … Continue reading

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Jun 06

Grand Junction overpass under construction

July 5, 2013: Poles for each county on the Lincoln Highway in Iowa are part of the Lincoln Highway Interpretive Site on the east side of Grand Junction. The US 30 overpass being replaced is west of the park. After … Continue reading

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Jun 05

Replacement of US 63 bridge over Mississippi River begins

Not in Iowa, but related to this website because it involves US 63 and the Mississippi River: Last month, the Minnesota Department of Transportation began construction on a replacement for the US 63 bridge at Red Wing. Story: KARE (warning: … Continue reading

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May 18

Mass sign replacement coming to Tama County

September 21, 2007: This LGS on US 63 at the east end of IA 175 is among those slated to be replaced, using a slightly different font. Among the projects at the DOT’s April contract letting is a sign project … Continue reading

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