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Author Topic: I-80 in Iowa: wikipedia feature of the day  (Read 418 times)

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I-80 in Iowa: wikipedia feature of the day
« on: July 20, 2018, 10:20:58 PM »

Another interstate highway on Wikipedia as the article of the day, this time it's the Iowa section of Interstate (or I) 80. I would like to visit Iowa someday to visit some family friends in the town of Riverside, not far Iowa City, close to I-80. Fun fact: Riverside, Iowa is the future birthplace of Star Trek's Captain James Kirk, as the town holds the annual Star Trek days every June.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_80_in_Iowa
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Re: I-80 in Iowa: wikipedia feature of the day
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2018, 04:32:21 AM »

Getting your article as "today's featured article" is a hell of a lot of work, and US road articles like this are done by roadgeeks like you and me. This particular one was done by an Iowa roadgeek under the pen name Fredddie (I'm friends with him on Facebook but I don't know if he's cool with me giving him a real-name shoutout).
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Re: I-80 in Iowa: wikipedia feature of the day
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2018, 06:11:12 PM »

One must wonder what an Iowa Turnpike would've looked like and what exactly it would've connected to on the east end.  An extended East-West Tollway?  Or a different tollway along what is now I-80?
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Re: I-80 in Iowa: wikipedia feature of the day
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2018, 01:28:36 AM »

One must wonder what an Iowa Turnpike would've looked like and what exactly it would've connected to on the east end.  An extended East-West Tollway?  Or a different tollway along what is now I-80?

Chances are it would have been similar to today's I-80; the endpoints (Council Bluffs/Davenport) would be designed to serve the more populated areas along the state's eastern & western edges.  It may have been routed to travel a bit closer to Cedar Rapids than the current alignment near Iowa City in order to provide more convenient service to that larger population center. 
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Re: I-80 in Iowa: wikipedia feature of the day
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2018, 09:55:32 PM »

IIRC there is a copy of the Coverdale & Colpitts engineering study for the Iowa Turnpike on one of the scanned-books online portals (Hathi Trust, maybe?).
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Re: I-80 in Iowa: wikipedia feature of the day
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2018, 07:57:44 PM »

Getting your article as "today's featured article" is a hell of a lot of work, and US road articles like this are done by roadgeeks like you and me. This particular one was done by an Iowa roadgeek under the pen name Fredddie (I'm friends with him on Facebook but I don't know if he's cool with me giving him a real-name shoutout).

I've seen Fredddie's work on some TX-related Wikipedia articles before.

I saw the I-80 featured article link after the fact, then forgot about it.
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Re: I-80 in Iowa: wikipedia feature of the day
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2018, 12:52:19 AM »

Another interstate highway on Wikipedia as the article of the day, this time it's the Iowa section of Interstate (or I) 80. I would like to visit Iowa someday to visit some family friends in the town of Riverside, not far Iowa City, close to I-80. Fun fact: Riverside, Iowa is the future birthplace of Star Trek's Captain James Kirk, as the town holds the annual Star Trek days every June.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_80_in_Iowa

We'll be glad to have you. We have many famous roads going through our state (Lincoln, Jefferson, US 6 and 20) and some great, well-marked scenic byways.
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Re: I-80 in Iowa: wikipedia feature of the day
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2018, 10:41:14 PM »

One must wonder what an Iowa Turnpike would've looked like and what exactly it would've connected to on the east end.  An extended East-West Tollway?  Or a different tollway along what is now I-80?

I found this map from the now-defunct Des Moines Tribune of August 4, 1954, on newspapers.com. From Merle Hay Road eastward it would have followed I-80's present route, but it would have run much closer to the western suburbs (Clive and Urbandale) than the eventual I-35/80 did.

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