Highway Page Updates -- 2004 (July-December)
December 28: I added a note to the title page about the deactivation of the cjb.net URL. In the near future I will update and add information from my Christmas trip through southeast Iowa.
December 8: The dedication ceremony was last Friday, but a Missouri DOT press release states that the IA 27 bridge over the Des Moines River opened today. (An additional 7 miles of four-lane highway, the newly-christened MO 27, has also opened south of the bridge.) While at it I updated all listings that have links to Mark Roberts' site.
November 28: Having run through eastern Iowa for Thanksgiving, it's time for some updates:
- Yet another new Business US 151 -- which is mostly signed with circular shields -- has shown up in Cascade. It's not signed from US 151, unlike the Monticello route (which I also updated).
- I created a new exit list for US 151 and made some updates to the US 20 east and US 61 lists based on signage changes in the Dubuque area. (New "wayfinding" signs pointing to the six districts of Dubuque -- College Grandview, Downtown, Eagle Point, Port of Dubuque, Southend, and Westend -- have shown up, but I was unable to get photos of them because of darkness.) The I-74 and I-80 central lists have also been updated.
November 22: The Mount Pleasant News reported today that some southeast Iowa highway projects will not be finished by the end of 2004 because of poor weather. Those projects include US 34 between Fairfield and Mount Pleasant (including the
Mount Pleasant bypass) and the Avenue of the Saints between Mount Pleasant and Donnellson. However, the new IA 27 bridge across the Des
Moines River will be dedicated on December 3 and may open to traffic by the end of the year.
November 21: Minor update to the I-235 exit list:
the 63rd Street exit has reopened westbound but closed eastbound.
- The US 30 bypass of Le Grand has opened, but
as of right now, only two lanes of traffic are open. Work is still going on
with the other two lanes between the end of the Marshalltown bypass and the
- Jeff Morrison pointed out that the former IA 252 was created from a
1932 realignment of US 61.
- Some Freeway Junctions updates: I added the new US 30/IA 146 interchange in Le Grand to the US 30 Marshalltown list. I also made minor updates to the US 218 list (thanks to some signage changes that Jeff Morrison pointed out) and to the IA 141 list.
- Jesse Helling reported that a new Business US 151 exists in Monticello.
- I-35 exit 89, Corporate Woods
Drive in Ankeny, opened to traffic yesterday.
- Since Neil Bratney's site is currently offline, I have temporarily removed all
broken links to his site, but I will put them back up when the site goes back
- Photo Gallery updates: I added three photos and replaced a fourth photo -- all taken by Jeff Morrison -- on the Des
Moines page. I also added two of Jeff's photos and two of my photos to the Central Odds 'n' Ends page, added one photo to the
county road markers
page, and replaced one photo on the Quad Cities page
- The first IA 60 expressway segment -- a 5-mile bypass of Alton -- opened on September 16.
- I also updated the I-235 exit list to reflect recent ramp
closings and reopenings. I have also added links to individual project pages on i-235.com from their appropriate locations on the exit list.
- The four-lane link between Cedar Rapids and Dubuque has been completed. Bret Zahina pointed out that the
last four-lane segment of US 151 in Dubuque County opened September 13.
- I added a terminus photo link to Business US 34 in Ottumwa.
- I removed the parentheses from the County Road W40 marker on the US 20 east
exit list, since W40 (formerly IA 282) is signed along US 20 now.
August 29: Terminus photo links have been added to the
IA 143 listing as well as these
IA 231 (I),
IA 313, and
and IA 977.
With the addition of the IA 143 listing, every active state highway
now has a terminus photo link.
- I am finally caught up with my photo backlog! All of the Odds 'n' Ends
pages have been updated with new photos: the
has 9 new photos, the West
page has 7 new photos -- including construction photos of the IA 60 bypass of Alton
-- and the East,
County Road Markers
and Lincoln Highway pages
have one new photo apiece. Some of them were mine, but most of them were
submitted by Jeff Morrison and Mark Odor.
- Although I didn't add any new photos to the Ames section, I moved it from the
iowahwypix2 site to the iowahwypix site to make room for the new Odds 'n' Ends photos.
August 2: Ed Breed mentioned that the US 151 bypass of Monticello opened on July 30.
July 31: Several updates were made to the Photo Gallery:
- Since I now have photos of every Mississippi River bridge from Lansing to Keokuk, I have decided to showcase them in a new Mississippi River bridges section. I moved several photos and thumbnails from the
Dubuque, Quad Cities, Burlington, and Eastern Iowa Odds 'n' Ends pages
to this page while adding a new photo of the US 136 bridge in
- I did add a few photos to the Quad Cities section, though. One of them is the new sign bridge that is up on eastbound I-80 at I-74. More Odds 'n' Ends photos are coming soon; I'll try to have
them up within the next week or two.
- Although I didn't add any photos to the Sioux City section, Terry
Stanley informed me that the text "I-129" notations on some
signs have been replaced with I-129 shields. (If anyone could get
photos of them, I'd appreciate it.)
July 27: A quick update from the Monticello Express:
the opening date of the US 151 bypass
of that city has been pushed back to August 2.
July 18: Some news from the past week:
- Both Kyle Johnson and Brian Stains have mentioned that the
Eddyville bypass (US 63) opened on
Monday. At this time there is no exit signage on the bypass, and the
northernmost mile of the 3-mile bypass is only open to two lanes of
- The Transportation Commission has approved the transfer of a
portion of IA 368 to
the city of Hartford in Tuesday's meeting; the transfer will probably
be finalized by the end of the year.
- Although I updated the exit listing to reflect the removal of
Peoria as the primary control city of I-74 at I-80 exit 298, Jeff
LaFollette pointed out that I didn't update the note under the I-74 listing. It's updated now.
- While in eastern Iowa for the 4th of July weekend, I noticed that six more miles
of US 151 are open to four lanes of traffic. Meanwhile,
the Monticello Express has reported that the bypass around that city will open or around July 19.
- I updated the Des Moines section of
the Photo Gallery by adding a few new photos from Jeff Morrison and Mark Odor,
replacing a few photos with updated photos, and updating some captions.
- Freeway Junctions updates:
- The 5th Avenue exit ramp from eastbound I-235 has
- Signage at I-80 exit 298 and at
I-380 exits 10 and 28 has changed.
Back to the Iowa Highways Page
Back to Freeway Junctions of the Heartland
© 2004 by Jason Hancock