Five-Year Highway Plan Approved

The State Transportation Commission has given final approval to the updated five-year transportation improvement program.

The program will spend 3.4-billion dollars on state roadways. That includes the reconstruction work on the interstate systems in Council Bluffs and Sioux City — as well as a section of I-35 from Ankeny to Ames. The plan calls for the completion of the final segment of the four lane expansion of US 20 in western Iowa by the fall. Four-lane improvements on US 30 in Tama and Benton County and on US 61 in southeast Iowa are also in the plan. The plan has one billion dollars targeted at bridge repairs. The state had 51 bridges listed as structurally deficient in 2017.

Included in the plan for work next year… widening highway three in Buena Vista and Pocahontas Counties from N-14 east to highway four… pavement rehab of highway 59 from Holstein north to the Cherokee County line… a bridge replacement on highway 59 in Ida County a half-mile north of D-54… and erosion control along highway 20 in Sac and Ida Counties.