Iowa Highways: 280 to 299

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Iowa 280
Designated: June 4, 1935
Decommissioned: November 23, 1965
Original northern terminus: Newhall
Original southern terminus: US 30, later US 30/218
Counties: Benton
Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the road was paved in 1955.
Replaced by: IA 287; the number has since been used for I-280.
Iowa 281
Length: 28 miles/45 kilometers
Western terminus: East city limits of Waterloo
Eastern terminus: IA 150 on the south edge of Oelwein
Terminus photos

Counties: Black Hawk, Buchanan, Fayette
Cities along route: Dunkerton, Fairbank, Oelwein
History
Designated: June 4, 1935, as a 5-mile spur from US 20 northward to Dunkerton.
Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the original segment was paved in 1940. All future extensions were paved.
Major alignment changes:
  • September 19, 1958: Extended westward along Independence Avenue east of downtown Waterloo after US 20 was relocated along a southerly route. According to the Highway Commission meeting notes of October 14, the west end of IA 281 was at US 63; however, it was truncated to the intersection of East 7th & Franklin Streets by May 29, 1963.
  • July 1, 1980: Extended north of Dunkerton along County Road V3C and the former IA 190 (II); at the same time, a two-block segment along Main Street in Dunkerton was turned over to the city.
  • December 1, 1983: Segment along Independence Avenue was turned over to the city of Waterloo
  • January 1, 1984: Relocated to run due southward from Dunkerton to US 20 along County Road V51; the old segment became an extension of County Road D20.
  • November 15, 1988: Alignment from the end of 1983 was restored after the Iowa DOT voided the 1984 transfers of jurisdiction "due to Interstate substitution funding not obtained" per the Black Hawk County legal description.
  • For maps of the route in Waterloo, see Jeff Morrison's Waterloo/Cedar Falls Highway Chronology page.
  • Iowa 282
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: July 1, 2003
    Original northern terminus: US 20, later IA 939, west of Winthrop
    Original southern terminus: Quasqueton
    Counties: Buchanan
    Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the road was paved in 1956.
    Replaced by: County Roads W40 (most of the route) and W35 (small piece in Quasqueton)
    Terminus photos
    Iowa 283
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: July 1, 2003
    Original western terminus: Brandon
    Original eastern terminus: IA 11, later IA 150
    Counties: Buchanan
    Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the road was paved in 1956.
    Replaced by: County Road D48
    Terminus photos
    Iowa 284
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: June 30, 1980 (the city of Aurora took over its piece on August 1)
    Original western terminus: Aurora
    Original eastern terminus: IA 187 at Lamont
    Counties: Buchanan
    Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the road was paved in 1961.
    Replaced by: County Roads C64 (east-west segment) and W45 plus Alice and Main streets in Aurora (north-south segment)
    Iowa 285
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: July 1, 2003
    Original northern terminus: Arcadia
    Original southern terminus: US 30
    Counties: Carroll
    Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the road was paved in 1955.
    Replaced by: County Road M68
    Terminus photos
    Iowa 286
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: July 1, 2003
    Original northern terminus: Lanesboro
    Original southern terminus: US 30 at Glidden
    Counties: Carroll
    Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the road was paved in 1962.
    Replaced by: County Roads E16 (east-west segment) and N41 (north-south segment)
    Terminus photos
    Iowa 287 (I)
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: October 1940
    Original western terminus: IA 17 at Lohrville
    Original eastern terminus: Farnhamville
    Counties: Calhoun
    Paving history: There were no paved segments.
    Replaced by: IA 175
    Iowa 287 (II)
    Designated: 1941
    Decommissioned: 1965
    Original northern terminus: Bradgate
    Original southern terminus: IA 3 at Gilmore City
    Counties: Pocahontas, Humboldt (most of the road straddled the county line)
    Paving history: Unpaved at designation, it remained gravel at the time of decommissioning (but has since been paved).
    Replaced by: County road (now numbered P19)
    Iowa 287 (III)
    Designated: November 23, 1965
    Decommissioned: July 1, 2003
    Original northern terminus: Newhall; it was truncated at the south city limits on July 1, 1980.
    Original southern terminus: US 30/218
    Counties: Benton
    Paving history: The entire road was paved at the time of designation.
    Replaced by: County Roads W14 and E44 plus Main Street in Newhall (in 1980); County Road W14 (at decommissioning). This replaced IA 280.
    Terminus photos
    Iowa 288
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: July 1, 1980
    Original western terminus: US 65
    Original eastern terminus: Plymouth
    Counties: Cerro Gordo
    Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the road was paved in 1961.
    Replaced by: County Road B15
    Iowa 289 (I)
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: July 1, 1980
    Original western terminus: Alta Vista
    Original eastern terminus: US 63
    Counties: Chickasaw
    Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the road was upgraded from bituminous to paved in 1970.
    Replaced by: County Road B22
    Iowa 289 (II)
    This was the unsigned designation for two former segments of US 61, totaling about 2.3 miles, in Lee County that were abandoned after four-lane construction in 2000 and 2001. One segment was west of Fort Madison where US 61 makes a southwestward turn, and the other was north of Montrose. Both segments were transferred to local jurisdictions on June 6, 2003. Maps of the route are on the legal description page.
    Iowa 290
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: May 1, 1980
    Original western terminus: Farmersburg
    Original eastern terminus: IA 13
    Counties: Clayton
    Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the road was paved in 1957.
    Replaced by: County Road B60
    Iowa 291
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: May 29, 1979
    Original northern terminus: US 30 west of Clinton
    Original southern terminus: Low Moor
    Counties: Clinton
    Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the road was paved in 1957.
    Replaced by: County Road Z36. IA 291 appeared in the Rand McNally Road Atlas as late as 2009.
    Iowa 292
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: July 1, 1980
    Original northern terminus: IA 64 (later IA 44)
    Original southern terminus: Linden
    Counties Dallas
    Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the road was paved in 1957.
    Replaced by: County Road P30 and Main Street in Linden
    Iowa 293
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: August 27, 1980 (the city of Van Meter took over its piece on July 1)
    Original northern terminus: Van Meter
    Original southern terminus: IA 90
    Counties: Dallas
    Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the road was paved in 1955.
    Replaced by: County Road R16, plus city streets (Elm, Wilson, and Grant Streets) in Van Meter
    Iowa 294
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: July 1, 2003
    Original northern terminus: Grand River
    Original southern terminus: IA 3 (I), later IA 2, in western Decatur County
    Counties: Decatur
    Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the road was paved in 1967.
    Replaced by: County Road R15
    Terminus photos
    Iowa 295
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: July 1, 1980 (the city of Westgate took over its piece on July 14)
    Original western terminus: Westgate
    Original eastern terminus: IA 11 (later IA 150) west of Maynard
    Counties: Fayette
    Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the road was paved in 1959.
    Replaced by: County Road C33, plus Cass and Main streets in Westgate
    Iowa 296 (I)
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: July 1, 1980
    Original northern terminus: IA 56
    Original southern terminus: Wadena
    Counties: Fayette
    Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the road was paved in 1959.
    Replaced by: County Road W51
    Iowa 296 (II)
    This number was given to two former segments of IA 28 after a realigned segment opened on August 11, 2000. One of them was bisected by Army Post Road in Des Moines, near the Register's production facility; the other was bisected by County Line Road in Norwalk. (The IA 5 freeway broke it into two segments.) Des Moines took over its share in 2001, and per the legal descriptions in Polk and Warren counties, the cities of Des Moines and Norwalk took over the segment north of County Line Road on February 11, 2005. The segment south of County Line Road appeared on the Iowa DOT's city of Norwalk map as late as 2010. While it no longer appears on the Norwalk map, a transfer of jurisdiction date was not mentioned in the legal description.
    Iowa 297 (I)
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: June 7, 1939
    Original northern terminus: Alexander
    Original southern terminus: IA 10 (now IA 3)
    Counties: Franklin
    Paving history: There were no paved segments.
    Replaced by: Extension of IA 107
    Iowa 297 (II)
    Designated: February 20, 1940
    Decommissioned: July 1, 2003
    Original northern terminus: US 63 in downtown Waterloo; it was moved to Raymond in 1958.
    Original southern terminus: Evansdale (which incorporated in 1947); it was extended southward to Gilbertville along a diagonal gravel road on September 22, 1942.
    Counties: Black Hawk
    Paving history: The original segment was paved at the time of designation, but the extension to Gilbertville was gravel until it was paved in 1962.
    Major alignment change: In 1958, IA 297 was straightened to become a north-south spur between US 20 and Gilbertville, on or sometime after US 20 was relocated on September 19 of that year; this part of US 20 became Dubuque Road in 1986 after US 20 was moved onto a new freeway segment.
    Replaced by:
  • Local roads (Lafayette Street and Gilbertville Road) in Waterloo, Evansdale, and Elk Run Heights (original segment); this segment was an unsigned state primary road that was designated as "Alternate 297" until at least 1961, according to Highway Commission records.
  • County Road V49 (at decommissioning)
  • Terminus photos (1958-2003 alignment)
    For maps of the route, see Jeff Morrison's Waterloo/Cedar Falls Highway Chronology page.
    Iowa 298
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: 1966
    Original western terminus: Kamrar; it was extended to IA 60 (now IA 17) in 1958
    Original eastern terminus: US 69; it was truncated at Kamrar in 1958.
    Counties: Hamilton
    Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the road was paved in 1964.
    Replaced by:
  • County road, now numbered R38, and an unnumbered gravel county road eastward to US 69 (in 1958)
  • County road, now numbered D41 (at decommissioning)
  • Iowa 299
    Designated: June 4, 1935
    Decommissioned: July 1, 2003
    Original northern terminus: IA 57, later IA 175, west of Eldora
    Original southern terminus: New Providence
    Counties: Hardin
    Paving history: Unpaved at designation, the road was paved in 1967.
    Replaced by: County Road S55
    Terminus photos

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