(1980-July 1, 2003)

Old WEST End (August 26, 1983-1986): Intersection, IA 297, Raymond, Black Hawk County

Facing west on 939

As the US 20 freeway worked westward, 939 was given its old route. The Waterloo Courier waxed slightly poetic upon completion of I-380 to this point, the first interchange with 20 heading west, in 1983, speaking of the glimmer of the freeway on the horizon.

West of this point, old 20 is not signed as D22. This might be because the route to the west was still signed as mainline 20 until 1986, or so newspaper articles seem to indicate. The 297 shields came down in summer 2003, so this intersection now only has county shields plus assorted "To I-380"s.

WEST End (1986-July 1, 2003): Intersection, V62, Jesup, Black Hawk/Buchanan county line

Facing west on 939 (May 2003)

Closeup of sign (January 2002)

Photo by Jason Hancock

Highway V62 straddles the county line; D22 continuing west of here also straddles a small east-west portion of the line.

Facing west on 939

This picture, a few dozen feet back from the "End" sign, shows a curve going north into Jesup, a remnant of an "ancient" alignment of 20 using what is now D20 and IA 281 going in a straight line west to Waterloo on Independence Avenue (so named because it went to Independence, most likely).

Facing east on 939

Break in route (1980-2003): West and east city limits of Independence, Buchanan County

While portions of four-lane 20 did open in the 1970s, the route was still classified as IA 520 until around 1980. Then in 1983, when 20 opened west of Independence, 939 was extended westward, while Independence took over the segment inside town. Despite this, 939 was signed as a continuous route until 2003 (see below).

West city limits: Old IA 248

Facing west on 939 (old 20)

The 1981 map notes the segment should be open "Late 1981", but a 1982 topographical map shows it as still under construction. Newspaper articles seem to indicate that 20 was open as two lanes south of Independence between IA 150 and the interchange south of here, and opened to four lanes in 1983. The city limits on both sides of Independence were extended some time after that, which is why Independence received a fraction of a mile on both ends when 939 was decommissioned.

Junction IA 150/East end of 939(?)

Facing west on 939

In downtown Independence, 20 shared a very small distance with 150. At the next light in the background, 150 goes south.

Facing south on 150

The really short duplex of 150 and 939 did not allow for signage along the route, so this is the best I could do. This is in downtown Independence, where 939 is signed but not officially part of the route; this was likely the east end between 1980 and 1983. Today, D22 is signed through town.

EAST End: Stop sign, IA 187, Buchanan County

Facing east on 939 (January 2002)

Photo by Jason Hancock

Facing east on 939 (December 2004)

I think this was the first time that a bracket has been altered in a way other than signs disappearing between visits to ends. The most plausible explanation is that in 2002 or early 2003 this was put up with an "End 939" on the right.

Facing east on 939

Really, since it's less than a mile, the "1" shouldn't even be listed on the bottom.

Facing south on 187 (January 2002)

Photo by Jason Hancock

This intersection has been reconfigured since it was the south end of 187 at 20; now the east-west traffic stops. The freeway ended here until the late 1970s; the 1974 map shows a four-lane stretch of 20 (although not marked as such) between 187 and 13. The 20-187 interchange is visible on the left side of the picture. This assembly has been replaced with one pole and a "Jct D22 <->" (see below).

Facing south on 187 (December 2004)

LGS cropped out of above picture

Wait a second. The westbound sign said Masonville was 5 miles away!

Facing west on D22

Last seen: 2003

Pictures by Jason Hancock: Third, ninth, and 12th, 1/26/02

Pictures by me: First, second, and fourth-eighth, 5/20/03; tenth, 13th, and 14th, 12/14/04; 11th and 15th, 6/14/11

Page created 5/7/02; last updated 4/4/12

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