Category Archives: Construction

Mar 22

Closing off an ancient curve, and Centerville’s IA 60 history

  Appanoose County in the 1948 (left/top) and 1951 Iowa Highway Commission state maps. Notice the non-existence of Lake Rathbun. Drake Avenue is shown as the north-south piece of IA 277, but it actually belonged to IA 60, as you will … Continue reading

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Mar 17

US 20 detour starts next week

The detour for US 20 in western Iowa that originally was going to last through two winters but then discontinued will restart Monday, the Iowa DOT says in a press release. Construction will go on throughout the year, pushing ever … Continue reading

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Mar 10

IA 175 interchange reconstruction meeting set

The Iowa DOT will have a public meeting March 14 about converting the IA 175 interchange at Ellsworth from a folded diamond to a regular diamond. The original plan was designed for a railroad that’s not there anymore. Construction is … Continue reading

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Mar 02

Rider Corner meeting March 9

The addition of a flyover ramp from northbound I-35/80 to IA 141 and two ramps to/from Meredith Drive are the subjects of a DOT meeting March 9 in Urbandale. Three maps and two HD animated renderings are at the PIM … Continue reading

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Feb 24

West Broadway reconstruction starts in March

While US 6 signs may not be prevalent along its new route via I-80 in Council Bluffs, the city is moving ahead with rebuilding West Broadway, the Nonpareil reports. The city will use the $20 million the state gave it … Continue reading

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Feb 23

M Avenue bridges near Traer to be replaced in 2018

October 30, 2015: The northern of two 1915 bridges on M Avenue, border between Crystal and Perry townships, across Four Mile Creek (which is longer than that). The southern bridge is across Wolf Creek. Hyper, hyper, hyper-local. — Ed. Two … Continue reading

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Jan 30

Finally four-laning Northeast 14th Street?

The Iowa DOT has scheduled a meeting Tuesday to “discuss proposed improvements of U.S. 69″ between I-80 and the south side of Ankeny. There’s nothing else mentioned on the PIM page, but this pretty much has to be about upgrading … Continue reading

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Jan 16

How do you ‘rebrand’ a corner?

The federal government gave the final approval last week to redo the I-35/80 interchange with IA 141 and add ramps at Meredith Drive, the Des Moines Register reports. Here’s the nugget that makes it weird: The interchange is located at … Continue reading

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Jan 12

Council Bluffs remakes Broadway intersection

June 22, 2013: East Broadway in downtown Council Bluffs. The owner of the Mississippi State flag isn’t lost, just here for the College World Series. This photo is west of the Broadway/Kanesville intersection on the historic Lincoln Highway. Although (as … Continue reading

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Dec 15

IA 100 extension opens today

December 3, 2016: Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett (second from left) and other dignitaries have a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the first phase of the IA 100 extension. The extension of IA 100 from Edgewood Road to Covington Road opens to … Continue reading

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