Category Archives: Highway Miscellaneous

Mar 27

Some date edits, and a highway that was legally dead

Going through the legal descriptions of Iowa highways — just the state ones, not the US routes — have merited some editing to some pages. Mostly, these are fixes to time spans, now that we have dates of Highway Commission … Continue reading

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Mar 24

Historic highway meetings in Denison and Denison

The modern-day Jefferson Highway Association, dedicated to promoting the 1910s north-south Pine to Palm Highway, is having its 2017 convention in Denison, Texas. The JH ran through Iowa mostly on now-US 65 and 69, sharing the Lincoln Highway in Story … Continue reading

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Mar 23

Links on IA 12 page fixed

June 4, 2014: The national north end of US 77 is just across the border at I-29 in Sioux City. Well, this is embarrassing: When I moved the website from mac.com, I moved the locations of the IA 12 South … Continue reading

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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 04

Area man featured for longtime pursuit of weird accomplishment

As you may have seen online, the Des Moines Register’s Kyle Munson interviewed me about my travels and wrote a column about it. He even called back to the 2001 essay I wrote as a member of the Register’s Young Adult … Continue reading

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Feb 21

Harcourt corner to become four-way stop

The west junction of US 169 and IA 175 on the north side of Harcourt will become a four-way stop, the Fort Dodge Messenger reports. A number of accidents is the impetus behind the change, the DOT says. This would, … Continue reading

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Feb 10

Lincoln Highway corridor plan released

Prairie Rivers of Iowa, after meetings with people and organizations along the Lincoln Highway, has released a comprehensive Corridor Management Plan for the historic route in Iowa. (Story: Ames Tribune via Iowa State Daily) The nearly-200-MB-PDF comprehensive plan covers about anything … Continue reading

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Feb 06

Sign inflation

November 24, 2016: Both existing and replacement shields for US 30/218 at the Atkins corner (old IA 279) were up on Thanksgiving weekend. I’m guessing these were the last of the day before break. A signage contract let last year … Continue reading

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Feb 02

‘Route 66′ exhibit coming to Hoover Library

For the next two months, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch will be hosting a traveling exhibit, “America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66”. Stories/press releases: West Branch Times, Mason City Globe Gazette (with photo). The Hoover … 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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