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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #75 on: October 03, 2019, 06:08:54 PM »

Per a semi-recent public meeting, a study is underway which could result in removal of the two interchanges on US 34 in Ottumwa west of the river.  https://www.news.iowadot.gov/pim/2019/08/us-34-wapello-county-august-27.html/

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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #76 on: October 14, 2019, 12:22:56 PM »

Has Iowa finally ditched the wooden posts they use for signage?

Many of the new signs at the US-65/IA-117/330 interchange use wooden posts, so I'm going to guess not.

Wood sign posts are still S.O.P. here in Wisconsin, too.

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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #77 on: November 24, 2019, 03:25:18 PM »

The US 30 bypass of Mount Vernon and Lisbon opened last Friday: https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/highway-30-bypass-lisbon-mount-vernon-20191122

Also, the SPUI between IA 27/58 and Viking Road in Cedar Falls opened November 10: https://wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/highway-viking-interchange-open-today/article_89be142e-97c3-501a-b1cf-8e2d91edaaff.html. This takes one intersection out of the Avenue of the Saints.
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #78 on: November 26, 2019, 06:12:17 AM »

The Iowa City area has a new freeway exit on I-380. Exit 2, Forevergreen Road, opened a few months ago in advance of some detours that IDOT will need to do for I-80/I-380 interchange construction.

The interchange is a typical diamond; the lands surrounding the interchange are likely to develop in the next few years.
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #79 on: December 10, 2019, 11:44:30 PM »

Early winter weather forces Iowa DOT to halt work on Highway 52 project in Dubuque County
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A road project in Dubuque County has come to a screeching halt due to the recent cold weather and snowfall.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is on its first of four phases of improving Highway 52 between Sageville and Luxemburg. This summer, it constructed a roundabout at the intersection of Holy Cross Road and Highway 52 and began to pave the highway from that intersection to Rickardsville. However, crews weren't able to finish paving on 52 before the ground froze.
https://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Early-winter-weather-forces-Iowa-DOT-to-halt-work-on-Highway-52-project-565005042.html

Are there many roundabouts in Iowa?
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #80 on: December 11, 2019, 11:09:57 AM »

Are there many roundabouts in Iowa?

Johnston has a bunch of them.

This five-mile driving route from Walgreens to Menards will take you through no fewer than nine roundabouts.
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #81 on: December 11, 2019, 11:46:19 AM »

This five-mile driving route from Walgreens to Menards will take you through no fewer than nine roundabouts.

And considering the number of multi-lane roundabouts present on said trip, I'm sure it would induce heart attacks in a handful of forum members. ;-)
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #82 on: December 11, 2019, 01:44:23 PM »


This five-mile driving route from Walgreens to Menards will take you through no fewer than nine roundabouts.

And considering the number of multi-lane roundabouts present on said trip, I'm sure it would induce heart attacks in a handful of forum members. ;-)

Oh, believe me, I think of this forum whenever I'm there.  However, none of them is a true 2x2 roundabout, as the side street always gets one circulating lane.  The closest you get along that route is the one at 100th St & 70th Ave, where three of the four quadrants has two circulating lanes.
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #83 on: March 25, 2020, 01:12:59 PM »

Breaking  74 Bridge  construction halted. Worked tested positive for Covid. KWQC TV
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #84 on: March 27, 2020, 07:00:04 AM »

Early winter weather forces Iowa DOT to halt work on Highway 52 project in Dubuque County
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A road project in Dubuque County has come to a screeching halt due to the recent cold weather and snowfall.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is on its first of four phases of improving Highway 52 between Sageville and Luxemburg. This summer, it constructed a roundabout at the intersection of Holy Cross Road and Highway 52 and began to pave the highway from that intersection to Rickardsville. However, crews weren't able to finish paving on 52 before the ground froze.
https://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Early-winter-weather-forces-Iowa-DOT-to-halt-work-on-Highway-52-project-565005042.html

Are there many roundabouts in Iowa?
Cedar Falls has a number of them on University Avenue, which used to be US 218 before the current freeway north out of Waterloo was built.

The only one I am aware of on the Iowa highway system is the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 187 south of Arlington, next to Starmont High School.
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #85 on: May 19, 2020, 12:40:02 AM »

The keystone for one of the two I-74 bridges was put in place earlier this month.

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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #86 on: July 09, 2020, 02:26:17 PM »

Have any of y'all Iowa roadgeeks seen the monstrous art installation on 24th St at 29/80 in Council Bluffs? It's four weird sculptures with pointy metal scraps. Some reviewers on Google seem to be less than pleased with it, likening it to something out of Mad Max or Edward Scissorhands. It's also compared to the Transformers villains and plane crash rubble.
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #87 on: July 10, 2020, 12:34:54 PM »

Have any of y'all Iowa roadgeeks seen the monstrous art installation on 24th St at 29/80 in Council Bluffs? It's four weird sculptures with pointy metal scraps. Some reviewers on Google seem to be less than pleased with it, likening it to something out of Mad Max or Edward Scissorhands. It's also compared to the Transformers villains and plane crash rubble.

OMG. I just Googled this. I normally like most public art, even when it's dumb and kitschy like Cadillac Ranch or this clever bus bench on Snelling Ave on the Mpls/STP border. Art like this turns people against the government paying for art projects. The only way this art is a success is if the competition was for something that is just plain butt-ugly.

Link for those who haven't seen this atrocity yet.
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #88 on: July 10, 2020, 08:51:51 PM »

Have any of y'all Iowa roadgeeks seen the monstrous art installation on 24th St at 29/80 in Council Bluffs? It's four weird sculptures with pointy metal scraps. Some reviewers on Google seem to be less than pleased with it, likening it to something out of Mad Max or Edward Scissorhands. It's also compared to the Transformers villains and plane crash rubble.

OMG. I just Googled this. I normally like most public art, even when it's dumb and kitschy like Cadillac Ranch or this clever bus bench on Snelling Ave on the Mpls/STP border. Art like this turns people against the government paying for art projects. The only way this art is a success is if the competition was for something that is just plain butt-ugly.

Link for those who haven't seen this atrocity yet.

A local Omaha news station getting locals' opinions: Personally, I think it's just bizarre. It's kinda like the red-eyed demonic blue horse (Blucifer) at Denver Airport, except Blucifer actually is shaped like something.
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #89 on: July 11, 2020, 03:05:50 AM »

Have any of y'all Iowa roadgeeks seen the monstrous art installation on 24th St at 29/80 in Council Bluffs? It's four weird sculptures with pointy metal scraps. Some reviewers on Google seem to be less than pleased with it, likening it to something out of Mad Max or Edward Scissorhands. It's also compared to the Transformers villains and plane crash rubble.
That's Council Bluffs for you. They have a magical ability to turn anything tacky there. There's a reason Omaha people like to call it Counciltucky.

They also made some terrible public art out of the Broadway (old US 6) bridge over the UP railroad tracks.
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #90 on: July 24, 2020, 10:45:57 PM »

I thought it was rather badass.  It looks like a pile of guns and ammo belts; the locals should love it!
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #91 on: December 17, 2020, 01:27:03 PM »

According to e-mails sent out yesterday and today, the opening of the eastbound I-80 to northbound I-380 flyover ramp, knocking out the biggest trouble spot of the original cloverleaf, will take place next week.

The new EB 80 to SB 218 ramp opened a little while ago, basically just getting it out of the way. Next week's work will close another loop in the cloverleaf, too: NB 218 to WB 80 (under the flyover) will have to go up to Forevergreen Road and turn around.

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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #92 on: December 21, 2020, 10:59:26 PM »

According to e-mails sent out yesterday and today, the opening of the eastbound I-80 to northbound I-380 flyover ramp, knocking out the biggest trouble spot of the original cloverleaf, will take place next week.

The new EB 80 to SB 218 ramp opened a little while ago, basically just getting it out of the way. Next week's work will close another loop in the cloverleaf, too: NB 218 to WB 80 (under the flyover) will have to go up to Forevergreen Road and turn around.

Question: is that a permanent situation, or is a NB 218>WB 80 flyover in the works?
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #93 on: December 22, 2020, 01:12:53 PM »

According to e-mails sent out yesterday and today, the opening of the eastbound I-80 to northbound I-380 flyover ramp, knocking out the biggest trouble spot of the original cloverleaf, will take place next week.

The new EB 80 to SB 218 ramp opened a little while ago, basically just getting it out of the way. Next week's work will close another loop in the cloverleaf, too: NB 218 to WB 80 (under the flyover) will have to go up to Forevergreen Road and turn around.

Question: is that a permanent situation, or is a NB 218>WB 80 flyover in the works?

It's temporary. When all is said and done, there will be a full turbine interchange there.
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #94 on: December 23, 2020, 11:50:12 AM »

I see an adjacent quarry. Can't get any better than that for saving on freight.
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #95 on: January 17, 2021, 01:15:06 PM »

Multiple articles online indicating the speed cameras on I-80 at the Iowa end of the Mississippi River Bridge will start issuing tickets March 4.

https://www.kwqc.com/2021/01/06/new-speed-cameras-go-live-in-leclaire/
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #96 on: January 17, 2021, 02:27:26 PM »

Multiple articles online indicating the speed cameras on I-80 at the Iowa end of the Mississippi River Bridge will start issuing tickets March 4.

https://www.kwqc.com/2021/01/06/new-speed-cameras-go-live-in-leclaire/

Revenuers gotta revenue.
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #97 on: January 17, 2021, 06:25:43 PM »

Multiple articles online indicating the speed cameras on I-80 at the Iowa end of the Mississippi River Bridge will start issuing tickets March 4.

https://www.kwqc.com/2021/01/06/new-speed-cameras-go-live-in-leclaire/

Revenuers gotta revenue.
But it's all about safety. After all, there have been "more than 300 crashes in the area over the past decade." Let's put up this money-making device safety device over 30 crashes a year.
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Re: Iowa Notes
« Reply #98 on: January 18, 2021, 08:06:24 AM »

Multiple articles online indicating the speed cameras on I-80 at the Iowa end of the Mississippi River Bridge will start issuing tickets March 4.

https://www.kwqc.com/2021/01/06/new-speed-cameras-go-live-in-leclaire/

Revenuers gotta revenue.
But it's all about safety. After all, there have been "more than 300 crashes in the area over the past decade." Let's put up this money-making device safety device over 30 crashes a year.
Certainly been seeing this crap going up all over the state - including on I-380 in CRapids.
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