NORTH End: Stop sign, IA 16 and V64, Van Buren County

Facing north on 98

Facing north on 98

Facing west on 16

V64 is not signed in any direction, nor are there any signs for 16 and 98 on V64.

Facing west on 16

Facing east on 16

Photo by Jason Hancock

Facing east on 16

Facing west

SOUTH End: Clay St., Leando, Van Buren County

Facing southeast, but heading south, on 98

Photo by Jason Hancock

From what I could tell, IA 98 is the only paved road in Leando and Douds. The latter disincorporated sometime in the 1960s while the former has been a non-town for longer than that.

Slightly different angle

Facing northwest

Generally, while no Iowan living north of IA 92 would call a county road a "Route" ("root"), Van Buren County uses the term on its rural signs.

Facing northwest, but heading north, on 98

Why did IA 98 live?

On July 1, 2003, every state spur died - except for one. Emerging unscathed from the purge was IA 98, a less-than-2-mile road. Correspondence from the DOT informed me that 98, IA 316 south of Runnells, and IA 930 in Boone County were classified as "access routes." Access to or from what, I'm not entirely sure, but for two of those, they end shortly after crossing the Des Moines River. Because 316 is the only DOT-controlled bridge between US 65 and IA 14, and 98 the only one between US 63 and IA 1, they may have been kept on the books because of their bridges. There may be precedent: IA 411, a short-lived highway, went north from US 6 in Marengo just across the Iowa River, perhaps existing only for construction of a bridge.

Or... you could consider IA 98 to be the state's only highway existing to serve a school, Douds Elementary (which is in Leando), right at the corner where 98 turns to cross the Des Moines River.

Pictures by Jason Hancock: Fifth, eighth, and ninth, 3/16/02

Pictures by me: First-fourth, sixth, seventh, and tenth, 5/10/05; ninth and eleventh, 9/8/10

Page created 5/12/02; last updated 11/3/11

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