(November 9, 1966-July 1, 2003)

NORTH End: T intersection, Vinton Street, near E36, Palo, Linn County

Facing north on 94 (12/2/01)

Photo by Jason Hancock

Notice that 94 traffic does not stop. Palo is to the right, and 94 never enters the city limits, rather having an LGS a half-mile south pointing to the town. The streetlight visible at far left and below left is at the intersection with Blairs Ferry Road - technically a turn for E36 but not signed.

Facing north on 94 (5/16/17)

This is a view to match the "End 94" photo; use the blue barrel to position the view just to the west, below.

Palo built a new city hall on the edge of town after 2009. (5/16/17)

Street signs at intersection

A realignment of IA 94 to stay on the west side of railroad tracks took the highway out of downtown Palo; a half-mile long spur route from a spur route, IA 399, lasted eight years (1958-66). It ran down First Street.

SOUTH End: Stoplight, 1st Ave. NW/Business US 151, Cedar Rapids, Linn County

Facing southeast, but heading south, on 94/1st Street E (5/29/17)

Facing southeast, but heading south, on 94/1st Street E (5/29/17)

Facing south on 94 (12/2/01)

Photo by Jason Hancock (also one below)

Jason Hancock writes, "Posted southern ending along 1st Street NE approaching 1st Avenue/Business US 151 in downtown Cedar Rapids. But..."

"This junction sign is on the 1st Avenue Bridge approaching 1st Street _NW_! This is because IA 94 follows one-way streets for its last half-mile; Northbound 94 follows 1st Street NW and F Avenue while southbound 94 turns onto Ellis Boulevard and E Avenue and crosses the Cedar River under I-380 on the 5-in-1 Bridge before turning onto 1st Street NE. The two even cross at one point under I-380! The one-ways end at the junction of F Avenue and Ellis Boulevard NW, and 94 follows F Avenue west of that point." (12/2/01)

Facing southwest on Business US 151/1st Avenue (5/17/03)

Photo by Jason Hancock

The Mobil seen here was a Citgo in the "Jct 94" picture above. Widespread property buyouts followed the Flood of 2008 and vacant land surrounds the intersection now.

Facing northeast on Business 151/1st Avenue (5/29/17)

The motorcyclist is turning from 1st Avenue onto 1st Street W - the beginning of IA 94 - and will head under I-380 as seen below.

Photo by Jason Hancock (5/17/03)

Jason writes, "Looking northwest on 1st Street W toward the I-380 overpass and the junction with southbound IA 94, which runs below I-380 across the 5-in-1 bridge before its turn onto 1st Street E. Yes, IA 94 crosses itself here, but there's no signage noting this. The BGS for IA 94 north marks where IA 94 turns onto F Avenue, a one-way that becomes a two-way at Ellis Blvd."

Modern view of intersection (5/29/17)

If you were able to pay attention to all that and your head didn't spin, congratulations! If not, just remember that the south end of Iowa 94 is the intersection of First Street and First Avenue on the east side of the river, and 94 begins at the intersection of First Street and First Avenue on the west side of the river. There. Didn't that clear everything up? :-)

Facing northeast (5/29/17)

The "To Business 151" turn puts you onto 1st Street NE, returning to the position seen at the top of the entry for this end.

Facing north on I-380/IA 27, pre-decommissioning (5/25/03)

Facing north on 380/27, post-decommissioning (7/15/06)

To me, it makes little sense to sign "To Business 151" (and formerly 94) with the 5th Avenue exit. After exiting from 380, you have to go five blocks on 3rd Street SW to get to 151. But if you take the exit after that, for 1st Street W, you're just two blocks away from it.

Facing north on 380/27, post-replacement (4/20/08)

Facing northeast, but heading north, on 380/27 (5/17/03)

Photo by Jason Hancock

I-380 passes close to 94's east end - in fact, it passes on top of 94 on the 5-in-1 bridge. The 94 shields were pried off and then the sign was replaced.

Facing northeast, but heading north, on 380/27 (5/16/17)

If you take that exit, you get onto 3rd Street SW, as noted above, and then see these signs.

Facing northwest on 3rd Street SW (5/31/17)

This is the junction with 1st Street. To get to 94 you would have to turn right and go two blocks. At left, on I-380, is the exit sign for 1st Street W that intersects surface streets under the bridge. I wonder if it's signed as it is for truck traffic because that's the only way it makes sense.

Facing southwest, but heading south, on 380/27 (12/24/02)

Photo by Jason Hancock

And if the surface signage of 94 wasn't confusing enough, the exit for 94 depends on which way you are going. Notice also the very skinny "19" on the exit tabs in the above two pictures.

Last seen: 2003 (state map, Cedar Rapids inset)

Page created 2/23/02; last updated 11/26/17

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