RAGBRAI Stays With Original Route To Newell

RAGBRAI will use the route in Buena Vista County originally announced… leaving Storm Lake on the Lakeside blacktop… going east on C-65… then on highway seven to Newell.

Storm Lake officials has expressed concerns about the bike-riders going on C-65 past the sewage treatment plant… and an alternate route had been proposed. The alternate would involve C-49 and county engineer Jon Ites indicated crack-sealing would be needed on that portion of C-49 at a cost of at least 25-thousand dollars. Crack-sealing is already planned on C-65 west of Storm Lake to be completed prior to the July bike ride.

Tuesday morning, Ites said RAGBRAI will stay on the original route, which he says is new asphalt, and won’t need crack sealing.