WEST End: T intersection, IA 149, Keokuk County

Facing west on 78 (4/13/16)

Why doesn't 78 continue? Because 149 was here first, that's why. It wasn't until the late 1940s that 78 made it this far west, but 149 had been here since 1926. Now, 149 has been extended down to Ottumwa, making it unrealistic 78 will be extended. The layout here is also that of US 63 and IA 96, where the road on the "vertical bar" of the T intersection continues on the "crossbar", only this time the vertical bar heads north.

Facing west on 78 (5/10/05)

Facing west on 78 (4/13/16)

Facing east, but heading north, on 149 (5/10/05)

Facing east, but heading north, on 149 (4/13/16)

This is a closeup of the LGS, which hadn't changed, and the sign assembly, which only differs on the up arrow.

Facing south on 149 (5/10/05)

Facing south on 149 (5/10/05)

Facing south on 149 (4/13/16)

EAST End: Stop sign, US 61 and H22, Louisa County

Facing east on 78 (6/16/06)

The location of 78's east end will move eastward when US 61 is upgraded to four lanes.

Facing east on 78 (6/16/06)

Facing east on 78

Look very closely (or look below) for the peeled-off pair of nines on this LGS. When IA 99 was decommissioned, two of the directions' LGSs peeled away the numbers; southbound 61 had the entire line peeled off. This is different from changed LGSs on IA 330 or US 30 in Marshall County; for those, lines were covered up with a strip of wood.

Facing south on 61 (6/22/02)

Photo by Jason Hancock

This is the LGS that had its entire "To 99" line peeled off. Oakville would be an acceptable substitution for an eastward destination. This intersection is (was) the location of the village of Newport, which only lives today by a small notation on the county map and the "Newport Junction Ampride" there in the background. The store sells Sterzing's potato chips, generally available within a 70-mile radius of Burlington, although they may show up elsewhere if you're lucky.

Facing south on 61 (6/22/02)

Photo by Jason Hancock

The Des Moines County line is a mile south of here.

Facing north on 61 (10/29/04)

The above and below pictures were taken during my first trip to Louisa and Des Moines counties.

Facing north on 61 (10/29/04)

Point of interest

Facing south on 218 (10/18/16)

When the Avenue of the Saints was built in the Olds area, 78 remained on US 218's old alignment. This was probably done for traffic flow purposes: Rather than having two places with a high incidence of left turns, there's just one major intersection and 78 goes straight through it. The state did pave the short connector north of Olds for traffic to access 78.

Page created 3/22/02; last updated 1/13/17

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