Highway Page Updates — 2006 (July-December)
December 31: I updated the US 20 west, US 218 in Waterloo, Avenue of the Saints north, and I-380 exit lists to reflect sign changes spotted on a recent trip. US 218 in Waterloo now has exit numbers that are posted only on gore signs and some secondary signs for now.
- New page: Highways of Davenport and Bettendorf, chronicling highway alignments on the Iowa side of the Quad Cities.
- While adding links from the main listings to this new page, I also added links to Jeff Morrison's pages for Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Sioux City, and Council Bluffs from the appropriate listings.
- I added links to the DOT's new reconstruction pages for I-29 in Sioux City and Council Bluffs, and for I-80 in Council Bluffs.
- More items from Jeff Morrison's research:
- US 163 officially became IA 163 at a Highway Commission meeting on July 21, 1937. US 163 and US 161 were renumbered after the American Association of State Highway Officials recommended that all single-state US highways be eliminated.
- IA 264 was originally an east-west spur from Linn Grove to US 71/IA 10, but it was changed to a north-south spur in 1938.
- Designation dates were added for IA 15 (II), IA 113 (II), IA 177 (II), IA 197 (II), IA 221 (II), and IA 343 through 357.
- Approval dates were also added for IA 25's extension toward Blockton, IA 33 (II)'s extension into Minnesota, IA 113 (I)'s northward extension and its replacement by IA 38, IA 122 (I)'s extension to US 61 in Davenport, IA 142 (I)'s extension to the Missouri state line, IA 175's westward extension in 1937, IA 191's extension to Earling, and IA 333's eastward extension.
- Dates were also added for IA 60 (I)'s move from 6th to 2nd Avenue north of downtown, IA 90's extension to 2nd Avenue (which coincided with the opening of the relocated US 65/69 in 1937), and the opening of the relocated IA 60 north of Euclid Avenue (which was found in a Des Moines Register article on December 27, 1942) on the Highways of Des Moines page.
- From newspaper research: Plans to widen US 71 in the Spirit Lake area were first announced in 1968 but were opposed for many years after that. Also, both bridges in Clinton (US 30 and IA 136) were toll bridges until December 17, 1982.
- The Des Moines Tribune of July 24, 1939, mentioned that signs were changed along the extended IA 64 west of Cedar Rapids during the weekend of July 22.
- IA 24 (I) was truncated north of Lyman (not at Lewis) in 1925.
- Entrance photo links have been added or changed for US 18, US 71, US 163, and US 275.
- Part of the new US 34 segment east of Ottumwa was still two lanes when I was down there just before Thanksgiving, but that segment opened to the full four lanes on November 29. I also extended the US 34 exit list westward to Ottumwa.
- A couple of corrections from last week's updates: IA 64 was approved on November 25, 1936, while IA 342 was numbered on December 8.
- I also added entrance photo links for US 69 and US 169.
- The remainder of the Le Mars bypass (US 75) opened November 22, although according to this article in the Le Mars Sentinel, some finishing touches (including the south bypass interchange) need to be done.
- More items from Jeff Morrison's research through Highway Commission meeting notes:
- The February 5, 1936, meeting notes listed all alignments of highways within cities. In Des Moines, IA 90 and IA 123 both ended at the same intersection (9th & Grand) while in Cedar Rapids, IA 11 was moved from Oakland to Center Point Road by 1936. Also, IA 194 was 16th Street in Clarinda.
- Designation dates were added for the current IA 117 and IA 337 through 342.
- Dates were also added for IA 5 (I)'s diagonalization from Aurelia to Alta, IA 27 (III)'s truncation to US 75, IA 100 (I)'s extension from Griswold to Council Bluffs (and IA 177 (I)'s decommissioning, which did not happen right away), and IA 184 (II)'s extension to Imogene. Also, part of the relocated US 30 in Benton County opened June 22, 1936, although it was not marked as US 30 until the segment in Tama County was completed over a year later.
- The 2007-2011 state transportation plan was approved this week, and some noteworthy projects include:
- The new US 20 between IA 4 north of Rockwell City and the new US 20 is now scheduled to be completed in 2010. According to a Fort Dodge Messenger story from November 16, the segment in Webster County will be built as a four-lane highway but only two lanes of the Calhoun County segment will be paved for the time being.
- US 30 will be widened from Colo to State Center and through Toledo and Tama in 2010.
- The US 61 Fort Madison bypass is now scheduled for completion in 2011. At $92 million, this is the most expensive project of the new plan.
- US 63 is scheduled to be widened between the south end of the New Hampton bypass and a point 1.5 miles south of IA 188 in 2009.
- Reconstruction of I-29 in Sioux City and Council Bluffs and I-80 in Council Bluffs and Iowa City is still part of the new plan, with the I-80 work in Iowa City scheduled for completion in 2010.
- These dates were found by Jeff Morrison's research through Highway Commission meeting notes:
- Some recent openings to report: US 75 opened between IA 3 and the south end of Le Mars on November 7, while the Ansborough Avenue exit on US 20 opened November 9.
- Jeff Morrison's research items for this week:
- From Highway Commission notes:
- These highway changes were approved October 29, 1928, and took effect December 1: IA 2's extension to Lewis, the current IA 24's designation, IA 26's extension to Rock Valley, IA 113 (I)'s extension to Monticello, and IA 146's extension to Le Grand.
- A short-lived IA 157 (I) existed as a stub to Monticello in 1928. This road may or may not have been replaced by the aforementioned IA 113 extension. In addition, IA 4 (I) ended at Hamburg before it was extended to Missouri on July 9, 1928
- Designation dates were also added for US 77, IA 27 (II), IA 86 (II), IA 104 (II), IA 155 (I), IA 156, and IA 159.
- Other approval dates were given for US 18's realignment between Whittemore and Algona (mentioned under paving history), IA 16 (I)'s realignment between Winterset and Afton, IA 24 (I)'s replacement by IA 2 (I), IA 27 (I)'s replacement by IA 5 (I), IA 31's realignment between Correctionville and Washta, IA 35 (I)'s extension to Turin, IA 44 (I)'s extension from Rolfe to Whittemore, IA 46 (I)'s extension from Manning (and the truncation of IA 45), and IA 148's extension from Corning to Massena.
- From notes in a book of 1940s county maps at the DOT library:
- IA 60 was moved from SE 30th Street to Army Post Road on July 29, 1953, while IA 46 (III) was created on September 22, 1953.
- US 218 in Cedar Rapids was moved at the same time as US 30 in 1953, but IA 149 was only truncated to IA 74/1st Street W at a January 27, 1954, commission meeting; at this time, we have yet to find out when IA 149 was truncated at US 30.
- The west end of IA 56 moved from US 18 to IA 150 on October 7, 1953.
- The rerouting of IA 60 (I), which also affected IA 277, was approved on April 27, 1949.
- IA 66 was extended northward on May 12, 1948.
- IA 188 was extended through Clarksville on August 3, 1949.
- IA 317 was truncated at US 65 on February 9, 1954
- IA 387 (I) was added March 19, 1946.
- I also condensed the former "About Me" page and moved it to the bottom of the About This Site page
November 5: More research of Highway Commission meeting notes from Jeff Morrison:
- June 4, 1935, was a big day in Iowa's highway history as all highway numbers from 277 through 327 were assigned that day to cities with populations of over 250 that previously were not on the state highway system. IA 195 (II) and IA 271 (II) were also assigned that day, as well as the extensions of IA 27 (III) to Alvord, IA 50 to Callender, IA 83 from Walnut to Marne, IA 107 from Thornton to Meservey, IA 111 to Woden, IA 175 from Radcliffe to Jewell, IA 191 from Portsmouth to Panama, IA 225 from Lynnville to Sully, and IA 276 from Spirit Lake to the Minnesota border.
- IA 325 was supposed to have been a spur from Protivin to US 52, but Protivin desired a connection to Cresco, so IA 139 was extended instead.
- Other designation dates added were those of IA 235 (II) (which was originally supposed to be IA 234 until State Center successfully appealed the decommissioning of the existing 234) and IA 328 through 332. Approval dates were also added for IA 24's diagonalization between Lawler and Jackson Junction, US 20's relocation from Holstein to Schaller and IA 110's subsequent extension, US 34's relocation near Glenwood, the IA 88 (I) diagonal's extension to Marshalltown, and IA 136's extension from Onslow to Cascade.
- I also added a terminus photo link for IA 339.
- Items from Jeff Morrison's ongoing research:
- From Highway Commission meeting notes:
- The December 1934 changes to US 52, US 55, US 59, US 63, US 65, US 67, US 69, and US 163 were officially approved by the Highway Commission on November 20, 1934, based on changes that were made during the American Association of State Highway Officials' convention in Santa Fe, NM, on November 12-15. However, signs were not changed until December, as new numbers for state highways that had to be renumbered were not approved until December 4. Those changes were IA 52 to IA 272, IA 59 between Oskaloosa and Albia to IA 137, IA 67 to IA 55 (II), and IA 163 (I) to IA 274.
- US 69's original north end was in downtown Des Moines when the Commission approved the extension of US 69 on November 20, 1934 (see the Highways of Des Moines page); the extension to the north was approved on March 27 but not signed until May 4 as noted earlier. In addition, US 30S officially became US 30A at the same time that the other US highways were changed.
- US 161 originally ended near Montrose, but on January 21, 1936, the Highway Commission agreed to sign 161 all the way through Keokuk to end at the Missouri state line to aid drivers from Missouri.
- Designation dates for IA 273 and 276 (which was originally a paved segment of US 71) were added.
- Other dates added were the truncations of IA 4 (I) and IA 35 (I) in Sac County, the extension of IA 57 from Cedar Falls to Waterloo, the northward extension of IA 58 to Cedar Falls, the relocation of IA 192 to Lake Manawa State Park, the extension of IA 193 from Waucoma to Jackson Junction, and the extensions of IA 220 in the Amanas.
- From newspaper research:
- IA 2 (I) and IA 7 (I) reverted to their original routes in May 1923 (Oakland Acorn).
- The current IA 2 was relocated in Fremont County on December 5, 1975 (Sidney Argus-Herald) and it was relocated in the Bloomfield area in two phases on October 14 and December 24, 1976 (Bloomfield Democrat).
- IA 3 was assigned to replace IA 10, and 221 in May 1945 (Pocahontas Record-Democrat), but not signed until June 22 (Cherokee Daily Times). In addition, the Humboldt bypass opened September 21, 1956 (Humboldt Independent).
- In addition, I added a terminus photo link for IA 946.
- The eastbound exit ramp from I-235 to Guthrie Avenue has reopened. Also, I-235 between Euclid Avenue and East 14th Street is now open to six lanes of traffic.
- The IA 60 bypass of Sheldon opened on October 6, but Jeff Morrison found out that about five miles of IA 60 south of Ashton are still open to two lanes at this time. Also, Brian Stains mentioned that the four-lane US 34 between Ottumwa and Batavia is now open to traffic.
- Items from Jeff's ongoing research:
- IA 25 was realigned between Guthrie Center and US 32 in August 1931 (The Guthrian, Guthrie Center). I also added one realignment to IA 17 (I) between Grand Junction and Rippey that happened in 1930.
- These dates were found from Highway Commission meeting notes in 1933 and 1934: the changes to US 75 and IA 230 (I) in Sioux City, IA 16's extension to Douds, IA 44 (I)'s extension from US 18 to Minnesota (truncating IA 43), IA 76 (I)'s truncation at Columbus City, IA 93's realignment west of Fayette, IA 117 (I)'s extension to the end of the causeway at Sabula, and the designations of IA 32 (II), IA 110, IA 155 (II), IA 184 (II), IA 257 through 260 and IA 262 through 271.
- The eastbound exit ramp from I-235 to East 14th Street has reopened.
- I added or replaced 16 photos in the Cedar Rapids Photo Gallery page.
- According to several stories in the Le Mars Daily Sentinel, the US 75 bypass will open south of IA 3 later this month, with US 75 traffic temporarily following IA 3 until the segment between IA 3 and IA 60 is completed.
- I made a few updates to the I-235 exit list to reflect some sign changes.
- Research findings from Jeff Morrison:
- IA 73 (I) replaced the original IA 212 (which now has its own listing separate from the present 212) on December 5, 1933. The Commission approved the present 212 on May 22, 1934, after the short-lived second IA 73 was designated in western Iowa, but signs were not put up until mid-September. After that, IA 21 replaced part of 212 on September 25 with signs changing in October. In addition, the original IA 21 was extended to Missouri on February 28, 1934, but it was never signed because it was replaced by IA 73 a month later. (Source: Highway Commission notes, plus articles in the Dysart Reporter and the Belle Plaine Union)
- Highways of Des Moines (all from Highway Commission meeting notes):
- Southbound US 65 was moved to 9th and Mulberry streets on August 19, 1931, after previously being moved to 10th and Mulberry because of a ban on left turns at 7th and Grand. (IA 7 was probably moved at the same time.) The Commission approved the rerouting of westbound US 6 and northbound US 65 on July 20, 1932.
- US 63 was rerouted from Grand Avenue to University Avenue on December 20, 1933, and IA 60 was moved to Keo Way and 2nd Avenue downtown on the same day.
- I also changed the 1927 map to a 1928 map since IA 155 did not exist at the beginning of 1927, and added a 1925 map showing highways before the US highways were signed.
- Items from Highway Commission notes, mid-1926 to mid-1927:
- IA 131 (I) and IA 23 (I) switched routes in Holstein on September 7, 1926, shortly before 23 became US 20.
- IA 8 (I) was realigned between Thayer to Murray on September 7, 1926, creating the original IA 152 into Murray (which was numbered on September 20). In addition, IA 153 (I) and IA 154 were approved on October 25.
- The December 14 meeting notes mentioned that Waterloo wanted US 20 on the south side of the Cedar River so 20 would go through the downtown area, but the request was denied so US 20 and US 218 wouldn't have to cross the river twice. It is still unknown if IA 5 (I) and IA 40 (I) were renumbered before US 20 and US 218 were designated, though.
- Items from Highway Commission notes and detour maps in late 1931 and 1932:
- Approval dates for IA 90 (III), IA 95 (II), IA 130 (III), IA 181 (II), and IA 246 through IA 256 were listed.
- IA 4 (I) was rerouted to run through Shenandoah on October 27, 1931, and it replaced part of IA 48 on November 25. The extension of IA 60 (I) to replace the original IA 6 was also approved on October 27.
- The extension of IA 58 that replaced IA 90 (II) was approved on February 17, 1932, while the extension of IA 57 was approved July 20 and signed in August.
- The planned relocation of US 20 away from Williams (see IA 196) was scrapped on May 25.
- The original US 18 bridge between Marquette and Prairie du Chien opened June 7.
- IA 253 was created from a realignment of IA 14 away from Williamson in September.
- IA 89 replaced IA 95 (I) on October 25. That day, IA 9 and IA 33 (II) switched routes in the Sibley area, but IA 9 was put back on its old route on December 19, 1933.
- In November, IA 60 (I) was realigned between Wesley and a point north of Renwick, creating IA 256.
- IA 25 was extended to replace the original IA 184 on December 20.
- I also updated the paving history for US 59 between Cherokee to the Ida County line, which was likely done in 1939 based on maps.
- Also, based on the 1940s map book at the DOT library, the original south end of US 161 and US 218 was the Iowa/Missouri state line and not the US 61 junction near Montrose. US 218 was likely superseded by US 136 upon its designation in 1951.
- Research findings from me:
- US 6 was rerouted southeast of Iowa City on November 4, 1958, and US 218 replaced IA 153 (II) west of North Liberty on July 15, 1957 (both from the Iowa City Press-Citizen). With that, I created a separate listing for the IA 153 (III) spur into North Liberty since it was on a different alignment than the previous IA 153.
- US 32 was routed onto Hickman Road on November 19, 1931, when the paved road west of Des Moines opened — it was replaced by US 6 after only about two weeks. (Dallas County News, Adel)
- Terminus photo links were added for I-29, I-480, IA 166, IA 365, and Business US 218 in Charles City.
- Freeway Junctions updates:
- The Iowa Speedway exit on I-80 and the eastbound Keo Way exit on I-235 have reopened.
- Mark Odor pointed out that the new Riverside Casino is now signed at US 218 exit 80.
- Photo Gallery updates:
I also moved the Fort Dodge gallery to the iowahwypix site to free up some space on the iowahwypix2 site.
- Council Bluffs: Added three photos from Jeff Morrison
- Central Iowa: Added one Wapello County photo from Jeff Morrison
- Eastern Iowa: Replaced three photos in Lee and Washington counties and added one photo from Cedar County
- Western Iowa: Added eight photos from Lyon, Mills, Osceola, and Sioux counties from Jeff Morrison
- County Road Markers: Added two photos from Lyon and Sioux counties from Jeff Morrison, and five photos from Monroe County from Brian McMillin
- Mississippi River Bridges: Replaced the photo of the Great River Bridge in Burlington with one from Jeff Morrison
- Avenue of the Saints: Replaced three photos and added three photos; five of them are in the Charles City area to reflect the rerouting of US 18, and one is near Donnellson to show what has been placed in a previously blank sign
- Freeway Junctions updates:
- The East 6th/Penn Avenue exit on westbound I-235 has reopened.
- Jeff Morrison noted that the Grimes Farm & Conservation Center is now signed on US 30 in Marshalltown.
- After doing some newspaper research, US 55 may have been signed as US 53 for its first few month. However, we were unable to find a date for the change to US 55 after I looked through northeast Iowa newspapers and Jeff Morrison looked through Highway Commission meeting notes, so I did not create a separate listing for US 53; rather, I mentioned this in the existing US 55 article.
- Other items from Jeff's research at the Iowa DOT Library:
- Designation and realignment dates for US 18, US 75, IA 1, IA 26 (II), IA 35 (I), IA 48, IA 78, IA 130 (II), IA 149, IA 157, and IA 160 through 167 have been updated. These are based on minutes of Highway Commission meetings between October 7, 1929, and March 19, 1930. (If a signing date was already listed from newspaper research, I noted the date that the designation or realignment was approved in parentheses.) I also gave the reason why IA 77 was never renumbered under the existing note on the US 77 listing, based on the January 21, 1930, meeting notes. Also worth noting: the Commission approved an extension of IA 99 (I) on March 4, 1930, even though most of the road did not exist at the time.
- Years of designation, alignment changes, and paving histories have been updated for several highways that changed during the 1940s (particularly IA 373 to IA 396) based on state maps and 1948 county maps. No map was available for 1943, so some listings have "1942 or 1943" as the designation year if the change happened between the publication of the 1942 state map and the "corrected to Jan. 1, 1944" state map. Alignment changes for IA 16 (I), IA 17 (I), IA 31, IA 46 (I), and IA 70 (I) in the 1920s and US 18 in the 1950s were also updated based on maps from those eras.
- I also took a trip to Cedar Rapids on Thursday afternoon to do some more research for the Highways of Cedar Rapids page, based on Gazette newspaper articles from the Cedar Rapids Public Library's newspaper index and vertical file.
- While I was unable to find out the date that the US 30 expressway opened east of Bowling Street, I did find out that the interchange of I-380 and US 30 opened August 13, 1976, implying that the stretch from 6th Street SW to Bowling opened that day (reported August 11, 1976). I also found out that the US 30 cutoff had a street name (Waconia Avenue) before the city council approved the change to the Lincoln Freeway on November 3, 1976 (the minutes were published November 5).
- IA 94 traffic was rerouted over the 5-in-1 Bridge and associated one-ways in August 1978 (reported August 20), almost one year before I-380 opened.
- The 15th/16th Avenue one-ways west of 6th Street SW did not take effect until November 1984, when the 16th Avenue viaduct was completed, so US 30 was not affected by this change.
- The A Avenue viaduct downtown, which carried US 151 at the time, closed in April 1970 for repairs with traffic being detoured onto 1st Avenue. While the Gazette did not mention any changes to US 151 (in issues dated April 21, 23, and 30), I noted that this may have been a factor in the "straightening" of the highway through downtown.
- I also redid all the maps on that page by shrinking them down to 550x550 pixels, so the whole map is visible at the same time on a 1024x768 resolution.
- Also, a Jeff Morrison finding: IA 11 was extended to the relocated US 218 in Cedar Rapids in 1940; this segment did not become part of IA 150 a year later. (map book)
- Freeway Junctions updates:
- New signs are up at Exit 12 (US 6) on I-235. Also, the permanent Exit 8B will be the East 6th/Penn Avenue exit, implying that the current eastbound 3rd Street ramp, which is signed as 8B on a temporary sign, will become part of the downtown Des Moines exit (8A).
- The speed limit on I-35 now drops to 55 MPH south of the Corporate Woods Drive exit.
- Exit signs at I-80 exit 168 (which is still closed) and US 30 exit 246 have changed.
- Some recent research findings from Jeff Morrison:
- While it was passed in 1919 and the first state highway map came out in December of that year, the law that created Iowa primary road system officially took effect on July 1, 1920, as markers began appearing after that. (Worth County Index, Northwood, and North Iowa Times, McGregor) With that, all highways from 1 (I) to 101 now have that as the designation date.
- IA 12 was shortened south of Missouri Valley in 1924 (maps)
- IA 9 and IA 51 in Allamakee County were realigned in December 1968 (Postville Herald)
- And one research finding from me: IA 261 became IA 1, and the old IA 1 became IA 979, on December 6, 1962. (Mount Vernon Hawkeye-Record and Iowa City Press-Citizen)
- US 6, US 34, and US 75 now have new entrance photo links.
- After contacting the city of Coralville, Mark Odor found out that IA 965 between I-80 and US 6 remains part of the state highway system. It is still considered a decommissioned highway since the signs have been removed, but I noted this on the route listing.
- I also found out that the city of North Liberty took over its piece of IA 965 on April 1, 1994 (The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, via Newsbank). While at it I updated the Decommissioning Watch pages to mention the remaining residual segments of IA 102, 107, and 965.
- I also updated the I-35 north and the Avenue of the Saints north exit lists after I was in the area this weekend.
August 9: I updated the I-235 and the I-35 south exit lists to reflect recent ramp closings and openings.
July 30: Photo Gallery updates:
- New terminus/entrance photo links have been added for US 52, US 55, US 77 (historic), US 151, and US 218. I also separated the terminus photo link for IA 149 since the north and south ends are now on separate pages.
- On the Highways of Cedar Rapids page, I noted that IA 64 had followed US 30 across the Cedar River to end at 1st Street SW, based on Jeff Morrison's research in the Iowa DOT library's book of late 1930s/early 1940s highway maps. In addition, IA 149 ended at that same intersection before it was extended across the river.
- Other changes based on Jeff's research, all based on maps that are mostly in the aforementioned map book:
- IA 22 (I) was truncated southwest of Le Mars in 1924, while US 75 was replaced by IA 230 (II) (while IA 230 (I) was decommissioned) in June or July of 1934. (These were based on state highway maps.)
- IA 49 was extended to replace IA 344 (I) on October 6, 1943, while IA 344 (II) was designated on December 16, 1943.
- IA 309 ended at IA 92 (not IA 137) at the time of its designation.
- Also, the piece of IA 282 in Quasqueton was replaced by County Road W35, not W40 (spotted on a recent road trip).
- Freeway Junctions updates:
- Mark Odor reports that Westwood is now on the sign at US 34 exit 229.
- Exit 8A on I-235 now has new exit signs in both directions.
- I removed the request for spotting County Road V49 shields at the Raymond/Gilbertville exit from the I-380 and US 20 east lists. Jeff Morrison noticed that one of the signs at that exit has been replaced with one without space for a V49 shield, implying that the rest of the signs at this exit will not have shields once they are replaced. .
- I updated all links to Chris Geelhart's pages since he moved them to a new server.
- I also added links to Jeff Morrison's new entrance photo pages for US 61, US 63, US 65, US 67, and US 136.
- US 34 was finished in Danville on July 6, according to last Friday's The Hawk Eye from Burlington. I updated the highway and exit listings to note this.
- I also updated the I-235 exit list to reflect recent sign changes and exit closings.
- A new expressway segment of US 34 has opened west of Mount Pleasant, while Jeff Morrison notes that two new segments of IA 60 have opened within the past month.
- According to maps, US 6 was moved onto I-74 after the second segment of I-74 opened in 1971 (not 1974 as previously thought).
- IA 160 was straightened west of IA 415 on March 14, 1986, while it appears that Akron has accepted jurisdiction of IA 403 since the city was holding a "Name That Highway" contest in 2005, according to Jeff Morrison's research.
- I updated the I-280, I-74, and US 218 south exit lists to reflect sign changes that I spotted during a recent road trip.
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