Interstate 380-U.S. 218 & Iowa 27 north
Interstate 380 begins in Coralville at a cloverleaf interchange with I-80 and the Avenue of the Saints (U.S. 218 & Iowa 218) from the south. A $350 million project started in July 2017 upgrades the exchange with high speed flyovers replacing. Photo taken 03/25/16.
The I-80/380 systems interchange project runs through 2024. It removes the weaving traffic pattern in place along both the I-80 and I-380/U.S. 218 mainlines. Photo taken 03/25/16.
A mileage sign posted at the U.S. 6 underpass lists the distance to the first I-380 exit, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo. Photo taken 03/30/16.
The first confirming marker for Interstate 380 north. Construction of a new diamond interchange with Forevergreen Road is underway between fall 2017 and 2019. The new exchange will provide a diversion route for emergencies and support suburban development for both Coralville and Tiffin. Photo taken 03/25/16.
Interstate 380 north enters the city limits of North Liberty on the one mile approach to the diamond interchange (Exit 4) with County Road F28 (Penn Street). Photo taken 03/25/16.
Interests to Coralville Lake, a 5,280 acre reservoir formed by Coralville Dam on the Iowa River east and north of North Liberty, are directed to take upcoming Exit 4 to CR F28 (Penn Street) east. Photo taken 05/23/08.
CR F28 extends west from North Liberty along 230th Street toward CR W38 near Oxford and Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area. Penn Street runs east toward the city center, connecting with Front Street and the continuation of CR F28 northeast across Coralville Lake. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Confirming markers for I-380 & U.S. 218-Iowa 218 preceding an S-curve ahead of the Swan Lake Road overpass. Photo taken 03/25/16.
Downtown Cedar Rapids is a 15-mile drive along I-380 from North Liberty. Waterloo lies 70 miles to the northwest. Photo taken 03/25/16.
The I-380 bridge spanning the Iowa River (Coralville Lake) honors Trooper Harold DeGear. The rural stretch of freeway runs along the east side of Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area. Photo taken 03/25/16.
Advancing north from Coralville Lake, I-380 approaches the cities of Swisher and Shueyville at Exit 10. Photo taken 03/25/16.
County Road F12 (120th Street) connects I-380 & U.S. 218-Iowa 27 with Shueville and Ely Road (CR W6E) to the east and parallel CR W60 (old U.S. 218) and Swisher to the west. Photo taken 03/25/16.
A set of rest areas line Interstate 380 one mile north of the diamond interchange with CR F12 (120th Street). Photo taken 03/25/16.
I-380 (Avenue of the Saints) plies across agricultural areas northwest of Shueyville. Ahead, several businesses line the west side of the freeway along adjacent 6th Street SW (old U.S. 218). Photo taken 03/25/16.
The Cedar Rapids Rest Areas are the lone facilities along either direction of Interstate 380 between Coralville and Waterloo. Photo taken 03/25/16.
Northbound I-380 crosses into Linn County just ahead of the rest area off-ramp. Photo taken 03/25/16.
Continuing north along the Cedar Rapids city line, I-380 next meets Wright Brothers Boulevard at a diamond interchange (Exit 13). Photo taken 03/25/16.
Wright Brothers Boulevard leads west from Exit 13 as a four-lane arterial to The Eastern Iowa Airport (CID). Beyond the Cedar Rapids city limits, CR E70 takes over along the boulevard west to U.S. 151 near Walford and east to CR W6E outside Ely. Photo taken 03/25/16.
I-380 fully enters the Cedar Rapids city limits at Exit 13. The freeway travels 10.7 miles through the City of Five Seasons.
A placard here provides notice of the speed cameras positioned along Interstate 380 near Downtown. Photo taken 03/25/16.
Advancing north from the Wright Brothers Boulevard entrance ramp on I-380, U.S. 218 & Iowa 218 (Avenue of the Saints). Photo taken 03/25/16.
A directional cloverleaf interchange (Exits 16A/B) lies a mile and half ahead with the U.S. 30 & 151 bypass freeway. Photo taken 03/25/16.
U.S. 218 parts ways with Interstate 380 & Iowa 27 (Avenue of the Saints) at Exit 16B to combine with the U.S. 30 & 151 freeway along the south side of Cedar Rapids. U.S. 151 overlaps with U.S. 30 east from near Fairfax to near Betram as it bypasses Cedar Rapids. Photo taken 03/25/16.
Exit 16A leaves I-380, U.S. 218 & IA 27 north for U.S. 30 east to Mount Vernon and De Witt and U.S. 151 north to Anamosa and Dubuque. Photo taken 03/25/16.
I-380 & Iowa 27 north at the loop ramp (Exit 16B) for U.S. 30 west & 218 north to Atkins and Newhall and U.S. 151 south to Fairfax and Walford. U.S. 218 reconvenes with I-380 again at Waterloo while U.S. 30 travels 48 miles west to Tama. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Interstate 380 & Iowa 27 north
Interstate 380 & Iowa 27 north expand to six overall lanes beyond U.S. 30-151-218. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Spanning Prairie Creek and a Union Pacific Railroad along I-380 east of Hawkeye Downs. Photo taken 03/30/16.
33rd Avenue SW serves the industrial south side of Cedar Rapids and Hawkeye Downs (via 6th Street SW) to the west of Exit 17. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Interstate 380 & Iowa 27 drops below grade at 27th Avenue SW between the diamond interchanges with 33rd Avenue and Wilson Avenue SW. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Wilson Avenue SW heads east to C Street SW and west to U.S. 151 Business (Williams Boulevard) by Westdale Mall. Points of interest served by Exit 18 include Veterans Memorial Stadium (minor league baseball), Kingston Stadium (high school football), Cedar Rapids Ice Arena (USHL) and the Czech and Slovak Museum. Photo taken 03/30/16.
A split diamond interchange (Exit 19A) follows with Diagonal Drive, 5th Avenue SW and U.S. 151 Business (1st Avenue) in 0.75 miles. Sign replacements here made by 2011 removed Science Station IMAX, as the attraction's Downtown location was destroyed during the historic floods of 2008.1 Photo taken 03/30/16.
Viaducts elevate I-380 & Iowa 27 above 16th and 15th Avenues SW. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Exit 19A drops down onto 3rd Street SW at Diagonal Drive east and 5th Avenue SW west. U.S. 151 Business (Iowa 922) runs nearby southwest to Westdale Mall and northeast through Downtown to Iowa 100 at Marion. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Interstate 380 & IA 27 veer eastward onto a viaduct leading across the Cedar Rapid to Downtown. Exit 19C departs from the elevated roadway to 1st Street NW by Riverfront Park. Photo taken 03/30/16.
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1st Avenue NW lines the west banks of the Cedar River northward through a former residential area that was submerged by the flooding of 2008. The avenue south connects with adjacent U.S. 151 Business. Photos taken 03/30/16.
Downtown Cedar Rapids comes into view east of the I-380 viaduct at 1st Avenue SW. Photo taken 03/30/16.
The Quaker Oaks plant rises prominently on the north side of the Interstate 380 viaduct opposite Downtown. Despite efforts to hold back flood waters from the Cedar River, the 14-story plant succumbed to water on June 13, 2008. Restoration efforts returned the plant to limited capacity in three weeks and full operations three months later.2 Photo taken 03/30/16.
An on-ramp joins I-380 & IA 27 north from U.S. 151 Business at 3rd Street NW as the freeway approaches the Cedar River. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Looking south at Mays Island from I-380. The small island on the Cedar River is home to the Linn County Courthouse. Photo taken 03/30/16.
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U.S. 151 Business (IA 922) spans the Cedar River just south of I-380 on a 1920-built concrete arch bridge. Photos taken 03/30/16.
The I-380 span across the Cedar River includes a lower deck joining 1st Street NW with 1st Street NE. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Interstate 380 threads between the Quaker Oaks plant and the U.S. Cellular Center, a concert and basketball arena opened in 1979. Photo taken 03/30/16.
A parclo interchange (Exit 20B) quickly follows the end of the I-380 viaduct with 7th and 8th Streets NE for the U.S. Cellular Center and eastern areas of Downtown. Photo taken 03/30/16.
A quick succession of exits line Interstate 380 & Iowa 27 leading north from Cedar Lake to Iowa 100 (Collins Road) and north Cedar Rapids. Photo taken 03/30/16.
A third viaduct carries I-380 & IA 27 by Unity Point Health hospital and the eastern periphery of Cedar Lake. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Departing next is Exit 21 onto 11th Street NE to H and J Avenues, local roads running between Daniels Park and an industrial area off Shaver Road. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Entering the diamond interchange (Exit 21) with H and J Avenues on Interstate 380 & IA 27 north. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Another split diamond interchange joins Interstate 380 with Coldstream Avenue / 29th Street NE and Glass Road / 32nd Street NE at McLouds Run Park. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Northbound I-380 at Exit 22. Coldstream Avenue and Glass Roads extend the numbered streets west into leafy residential areas off Wenig Road. 29th Street NE east leads to Mt. Mercy University and the Brucemore Historic Site off U.S. 151 Business (1st Avenue NE). Photo taken 03/30/16.
A frontage road system accompanies Interstate 380 from 42nd Street (Exit 23) north to the volleyball interchange (Exit 24A) with Iowa 100 (Collins Road) in 0.75 miles. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Drivers merging onto Interstate 380 north from Glass Road form an auxiliary lane to the half diamond interchange (Exit 23) with 42nd Street. 42nd Street comprises a boulevard west to residential areas, a pair of schools and Twin Pines Golf Course. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Exit 23 parts ways with Interstate 380 & Iowa 27 north for 42nd Street. 42nd Street end at Old Marion Road NE beyond Noelridge Park to the east.
The slip ramp (Exit 24A) onto the adjacent frontage road for Iowa 100 follows in one quarter mile. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Iowa 100 presently runs 12.0 miles between CR W36 (old Iowa 94) near Covington to U.S. 151 & Iowa 13 in the city of Marion. The route constitutes a commercial arterial east to Lindale Mall and U.S. 151 Business, and a controlled access expressway (Marion Bypass) beyond there. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Blairs Ferry Road intersects Interstate 380 & IA 27 just north of IA 100 at a diamond interchange (Exit 24B). The east-west arterial transitions to County Road E36 beyond the city of Hiawatha to the west. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Construction of a 7.5-mile extension for Iowa 100 got underway on May 27, 2014. The $200-million beltway opened west to Covington Road (CR W36) by 2018. Work continues through 2020 south to U.S. 30 & 218 at 16th Avenue SW.3 Photo taken 03/30/16.
The frontage roads rise to intersect the ramps for Iowa 100 (Collins Road) while the state highway mainline passes above. Other examples of this interchange design around the U.S. are I-476 and U.S. 1 at Media, PA; I-240 & U.S. 70 at Asheville, NC; and U.S. 250 and I-470 at Wheeling, WV. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Exit 24B consists of a slip ramp onto the adjacent frontage road for Blairs Ferry Road. The arterial serves industrial areas to the east to U.S. 151 Business in Marion. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Interstate 380 & Iowa 27 north enter the Hiawatha city limits at the Blairs Ferry Road overpass. The final urban exit departs in one half mile for Boyson Road. Photo taken 03/30/16.
The freeway bends northwest at the diamond interchange (Exit 25) with Boyston Road. Boyson Road links I-380 with a business park area to the west ahead of Miller Road and an industrial park to the east to northern areas of Cedar Rapids. Exit 25 also connects visitors with the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. Photo taken 03/30/16.
Interstate 380 & Iowa 27 veer back to the north ahead of the Tower Terrace Road overpass. Right of way is in place for a possible diamond interchange with the local road. Photo taken 05/23/08.
As Interstate 380 transitions back into a rural freeway, Waterloo is 50 miles away. Photo taken 05/23/08.
Just beyond the Robins city line is a rural diamond interchange (Exit 28) joining Interstate 380 & Iowa 27 with Linn County E34 (County Home Road). Photo taken 05/23/08.
East from Exit 28, County Road E34 (County Home Road) travels across northern reaches of Robins. Westward, the highway follows a convoluted loop to Toddville, the Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Area and Feather Ridge Road south to CR E36 (Blairs Ferry Road). Photo taken 05/23/08.
Continuing north through rural Linn County, Interstate 380 & Iowa 27 replaced Iowa 150 (North Center Point Road) as the main route between Robins and Center Point. Old IA 150 parallels to the east as County Road W6E. Photo taken 05/23/08.
County Road W36 (Lewis Access Road) was extended northward from Wildlife Road to North Center Point Road (CR W6E) in conjunction with the construction of Interstate 380. A diamond interchange joins the two routes in one mile at Exit 35. Photo taken 05/23/08.
Exit 35 departs Interstate 380 & IA 27 north for CR W36 (Lewis Access Road). CR W36 spans the Cedar River on the southward drive to Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area and the city of Palo. Northward Lewis Access Road overtakes Center Point Road as Franklin Street into the bedroom community of Center Point. Photo taken 05/23/08.
Interstate 380 & IA 27 north straddle the west side of Center Point ahead of the Cedar Ridge Road (CR E16) overpass. Photo taken 05/23/08.
The city of Urbana likes six miles ahead, followed by Waterloo in 39 miles. Photo taken 05/23/08.
Angling northwest, Interstate 380 approaches the crossing of Blue Creek. Photo taken 05/23/08.
A short distance north of Blue Creek on I-380 is the Benton County line. Photo taken 05/23/08.


 

Sources:

  1. "Cedar Rapids Science Center on the move." The Gazette, March 28, 2014.
  2. "Quaker Oats: 'We were going to be back.'" The Gazette, March 28, 2014.
  3. "Dignitaries Celebrate “Official” Start of Highway 100 Construction." KCRG-TV, May 27, 2014.


Photo Credits:

  • 05/23/08 by AARoads.
  • 03/25/16 by AARoads and Bill Gatchel.
  • 03/30/16 by AARoads.

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Page Updated 05-21-2018.