Highway Page Updates - 2000
December 16: I added a link to the Iowa Winter Road Conditions page from the title page,
which I decided to add in the wake of all the snow that we've had lately.
OK, updates have been a little slow lately, but that won't be the case much longer. I have a few more
photos to add to the photo gallery, and I am planning to make some changes to the route listings.
Those changes include a new look for the listings and listing each incarnation of a route number as
separate entries. I hope to have the new pages up by the end of the year.
November 29: I updated the IA 12 listing after receiving
an e-mail from Kurt Berge stating that IA 12 is no longer signed along I-29 and Business US 20 in
November 26: Another new expressway segment has opened: US 61 in Muscatine
County. That listing has been updated.
November 18: As promised, I updated the US 20 exit list to reflect the newly-opened
freeway segment. I also made a couple of minor changes to the US 218 in Waterloo exit list.
November 15: The US 20 freeway segment between IA 14 and the Grundy/Black Hawk county line
opened today, as reported by the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier on November 1 (covering a ribbon-cutting ceremony that
was held in Dike on November 3, two weeks before the highway was to open). I will update the exit list this weekend after I visit
the area to record the exit signage data.
October 24: I cleaned up a few things on the IA 100 route
listing, removing the broken iowa100.com link and adding a recent news tidbit that could impact the highway's future.
October 20: Plenty of updates, with some news to report:
- The last US 18/218 expressway segment between Floyd and Charles City opened today, completing the four-lane
Avenue of the Saints segment between I-35 and Charles City. I updated both route listings, the exit list,
and the Avenue of the Saints photo page to reflect this.
- At the other end, Darren Burch has reported that another Saints segment -- three miles of US 218 northward
from Mount Pleasant -- has opened.
- IA 339 is no more, according to an e-mail from Michael Ehret;
that listing has been updated. He also passed along some information about IA 276 and
IA 327 in the Iowa Great Lakes area.
- Finally, I fixed a couple of incorrect US 151 expressway completion dates
and cleaned up a few other route listings.
October 15: I fixed the link to Robert Droz' US Highways Page from the Iowa Highways title page
after he moved the site.
October 13: A new expressway segment opened west of Knoxville today, according to an article in the Des Moines Register; I updated the IA 5
and IA 92 listings to reflect this.
September 30: At Iowa Highways, I updated the US 18 listing to reflect
a new expressway segment as the four-lane connection between I-35 and Charles City moves closer to completion,
and I updated the US 218 listing to indicate that part of the Charles City bypass
is an expressway.
Also, at Freeway Junctions, I:
September 26: Updates to the Photo Gallery:
September 15: At Iowa Highways, I updated the US 34 route listing
after Darren Burch alerted me that the New London bypass is now open to four lanes.
September 3: I was on the road again yesterday and have some updates:
- It turned out that IA 14 was not truncated at the Charles City bypass as I had
originally thought, so I updated that route listing.
- I also updated listings for Business Loop I-35, US 18,
IA 107, and IA 122.
- Look for more photos and the Avenue of the Saints exit list that I've been promising soon.
August 22: Another error fix: on the Cedar Rapids page
of the Photo Gallery, I accidentally had a couple of "Streets" and "Avenues" in the wrong
August 15: Plenty of updates:
- On all pages, I updated the links to James Lin's and Andy Field's sites.
- I was in the Des Moines area last weekend and found that the newly relocated
IA 28 had opened. And although I forgot to bring a
camera, I updated some captions on the photo page.
- At Freeway Junctions, I made some corrections to the
I-35/80, western I-80,
and US 65/IA 5 exit lists, adding the new IA 5 interchanges that
are under construction in the latter. And I fixed the US 30
in Cedar Rapids list after noticing that I had written "6th Avenue SW" for
exit 252A instead of 6th Street SW...
August 9: Another Iowa Highways update: after finding out that US 52 had a different
alignment through Dubuque County in the 1960s, I updated that highway's entry.
August 7: At Iowa Highways, I noted that the former two-lane US 20 freeway
became a four-lane freeway in mid-July after receiving an e-mail from Darren Burch.
August 5: At Iowa Highways, I:
- Added some information on the proposed I-129 extension
to the south and east of Sioux City.
- Noted that the US 18/US 218
bypass of Charles City and a new expressway segment of US 30
southeast of Cedar Rapids have opened. I also updated the IA 14
listing after part of it was replaced by US 18.
- I removed all links to the Southeast Minnesota Highways page after Matt Salek
took it down. Individual routes are now linked to Steve Riner's Minnesota Highways
Page instead; routes affected are US 52, 63, and 218 as well as IA 26, 76, and 139.
- Also at Iowa Highways, I updated some expressway completion dates on the major
corridors and added a link from the US 61 listing to an
engineering firm's page on the Fort Madison bypass.
July 12: At Iowa Highways, I added four new scenic byways to the Scenic and Historic Routes page after they were designated by IaDOT on July 11. I also noted that the Great River Road and Loess Hills Scenic Byway were named National Scenic Byways on June 15
(according to this press release).
July 9: At Freeway Junctions, I:
- Noted that the weigh station on eastbound I-80 at mile marker 268 is now westbound only, since the eastbound station has been abandoned as of early July.
- Made some minor changes to supplementary notes on the I-80 and I-74 lists in the Quad Cities area, and to IA 163 near Oskaloosa.
June 25: At Iowa Highways, I added a note to the IA 94 entry explaining how its southern terminus is on a different street than its southern origin.
June 10: A major change to the Photo Gallery: I moved each page and its corresponding photos to its own directory, making some minor changes to each page in the
process. While at it I added two new photos apiece to the Dubuque and Waterloo/Cedar Falls pages.
June 2: At Iowa Highways, I:
- Added an entry for Business US 34 in Glenwood after receiving an e-mail from Josh Garrett confirming its existence. I also modified the entry for unsigned IA 949, its official designation.
- Modified the County Roads page to point out a couple of four-digit county roads in eastern Iowa.
May 30: At Iowa Highways, I added a link to "Discovering the 6", an in-progress cross-country travelogue of US 6, under that highway's entry.
- At Iowa Highways, I noted that the US 34 bypass of New London had opened to traffic earlier in the month, according to stories in the Burlington Hawk Eye.
- At Freeway Junctions, I extended the US 20 exit list westward to IA 14 in Grundy County, and included the new exits that are currently under construction as part of the freeway extension.
May 19: After visiting the Cedar Rapids area today and noticing that the last segment of the US 151/IA 13 multiplex expressway had opened to traffic (despite some finishing touches that need to be done), I updated the entries for both highways accordingly and added an "expressway" label to the US 30 exit list.
- At Freeway Junctions, I fixed a couple of things on the US 61 list around Dubuque.
- At Iowa Highways, I:.
- Fixed all the links to Chris Bessert's Wisconsin pages.
- Noted on the US 71 entry that the Iowa Great Lakes project is nearing completion, according to a Des Moines Register article from May 14.
- At Freeway Junctions, I changed all the links to Brandon Gorte's exit lists after he moved them to another server. I also fixed a few other links on the title page and removed the Spaghetti Junction link since that site seems to have been taken down.
- At Iowa Highways, I fixed all of the links to Rich Carlson's Illinois highway listings.
May 6: I added 10 new photos that I had taken in March to the Photo Gallery, including one to the Iowa City page, two to the Burlington page, two to the Odds 'n' Ends page from Marengo, and five from Fort Madison and Keokuk.
April 16: At Iowa Highways, I updated some information on I-35, US 18, US 20, US 169, and IA 122 after receiving an e-mail from Mark Hasty. This includes the addition of a second I-35 business loop in Clear Lake. I also updated a few captions in the second Odds 'n' Ends photo page.
April 6: At Iowa Highways, I updated a few new freeway and expressway segment completion dates for US 20, US 30, US 34, US 151, US 218, and IA 13 after seeing an article from the April 1 Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Gazette on scheduled road work projects in eastern Iowa.
- At Iowa Highways, I added some notes on the proposed extension of IA 100 based on an article in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, and a note on IA 146 mentioning how part of the road was mistakenly left off the new official highway map.
- I also confirmed, via the 2000 IaDOT map, that US 18 is a freeway from Nora Springs westward.
March 18: At the Photo Gallery, I made some minor corrections to the captions of the Avenue of the Saints page.
March 13: At Iowa Highways, I updated entries for IA 76, US 18, and IA 340 after discovering that IA 76 was extended through Marquette and McGregor upon the completion of the US 18 bypass in 1991.
- On all pages, I fixed all of my e-mail address links -- they now link to my new address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- At Iowa Highways, I fixed a couple of broken links on the title page.
March 6: At Freeway Junctions, I fixed a couple of things on the US 61 exit list near Maquoketa.
- I gave the top of the title page a new look by moving the photo of the Muscatine junction to the Photo Gallery and replacing it with a photo of the new Iowa welcome sign. I also moved the title and caption to the right of the photo, placed the title in a green background, and created a new image of the four different kinds of highway markers to place above the title.
- At the Photo Gallery, I:
- Added some photos to the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids pages.
- Rescanned some of the photos that I had on the abovementioned pages and the Des Moines page to make the images larger and clearer.
- Split the Odds 'n' Ends page into two pages. The first page covers western and central Iowa (basically areas west of the Avenue of the Saints), and the second page covers east-central and southeast Iowa.
- At Freeway Junctions:
- Made some minor changes to the I-74 list near Galesburg.
- Added speed limit data to the US 34 in Illinois list and made some minor updates to both lists.
- At the Photo Gallery, I changed the references of the "Highway 20 bypass" in the Sioux City pages (per Eric Peterson's request) to the "520 bypass", and added a note of my own explaining this.
February 12: Added a photo of IA 965 at I-80 to the Iowa City page of the Photo Gallery. It has been in the directory for several months, but I forgot to include on the page until now.
- I added new links from the US 20 listing and the Scenic and Historic Routes page to Moon Travel's Road Trip USA travelogues for US 20 and the Great River Road, respectively.
- I also (finally) updated the IA 92 listing to show that the Nishnabotna River bridge in southwest Iowa reopened last summer.
January 22: Several changes to Iowa Highways, including:
- Uploading this page, and adding links from both the Iowa Highways and Freeway Junctions of the Heartland title pages.
- Moving the route explanations and the sources of information to a separate page (in order to save downloading time), and adding notes to the top of the US and state highway listings linking to that page. While at it I also fixed the link to downloading the Blue Highway font and replaced the URL of the misc.transport.road FAQ with the new one at the Open Directory Project.
- I also corrected an error regarding the length of the Marshalltown freeway under the US 30 route listing.
- I also made some minor changes to the Freeway Junctions of the Heartland title page.
January 11: Updated several route listings to reflect changes in completion dates under IaDOT's new 2000-2004 five-year plan.
January 4: Updated the I-74 exit list to reflect some new supplementary signage in Moline.
January 2: Added some new photos to the Dubuque and the Odds and Ends pages of the Photo Gallery.
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