NORTH End: 4-way stop, US 52 and IA 24, Calmar, Winneshiek County

The mutual end of 24 and 150 has its own page here.

SOUTH End: Direct merge into US 218, Vinton, Benton County

Facing south on 150

The difference between the 150-218 intersection and the 58-63 intersection is that here, there is an option to turn onto the northbound US highway.

Facing south on 150

In its non-Avenue-of-the-Saints segment between Cedar Rapids and Waterloo, 218 only crosses the city limits of two other incorporated towns (Vinton and La Porte City).

Facing south on 150

Before I-380, when IA 101 was the road connecting Independence to Vinton, the intersection with 218 was in downtown, probably C Avenue and Fourth Street. This changed around 1960.

Facing north on 218

Facing north on 218

Same signs, view of 218 curve

Photo by Jason Hancock

Facing east, but heading south, on 218

Facing east, but heading south, on 218

There used to be a sign on the gantry that spelled out "Curve Speed 35."

Facing east, but heading south, on 218

In 2005, the number of fast-food burger restaurants in Benton County doubled - Vinton got a McDonald's in addition to its Hardee's. But that situation only lasted a little over a year, as the Hardee's closed in October 2006. (Hardee's executives and industry watchers, take note.)

Old SOUTH End: Stoplight, 1st Avenue/US 151 (now Business US 151), Cedar Rapids, Linn County

Facing east on Collins Road, now IA 100

Photo by Jason Hancock

Before the construction of I-380, 150 was a second major road to Cedar Rapids from points north. Instead of heading to Vinton, it followed the route of what for nearly 20 years afterward was IA 920 and W6E, the latter of which closely parallels I-380. After completion of the interstate, 150 was rerouted along IA 101 to Vinton. For additional pictures of these, click the links.

Pictures by Jason Hancock: Sixth, 12/9/01; eleventh, January 2002

Pictures by me: First-fifth and seventh-tenth, 3/12/07

Page created 12/15/01; last updated 4/15/07

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