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US Highway 30 Update: IDOT 5 year plan on the right track

Thank you to Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) Commission for demonstrating a recognition for the importance in prioritizing the four-laning of US Highway 30 with funding in recent years. It is the 2nd most heavily traveled east-west corridor in Iowa (1), with projected population growth of 4.1% expected to exceed the state of Iowa’s 2.6% (2).

Tama County Economic Development prioritizes the following portions of the Iowa Commercial and Industry Network (CIN) as the Commission prepares to unveil its updated 5 year plan with dedication to safety, efficiency and economic vitality:

  1. Tama-Toledo Bypass: The bypass is slated for completion Nov 2010 (3). Local stakeholders articulate a need for support in efficiency building and beautification as we safely direct the projected increase in traffic to commercial, national historic landmarks, and public points of interest to optimize the new economic opportunities off the bypass.
  2. Highway 218 to 21 (Benton County portion): Right of Way acquisition for a four-lane expansion had been included in the IDOT 5 year program, 2014 (4). A public meeting was also held yesterday receiving support from the Iowa Bicycle Coalition to include a bike path. This portion is an important remaining keystone in building the most efficient road network between two of Iowa’s biggest cities, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.
  3. Hwy 21 to Tama-Toledo Bypass (Tama County portion): An environmental survey on historic properties has been started. Four-laning this portion would complete the final link in a safe and efficient road network between Des Moines and Cedar Rapids with Tama County as a logistical central point.
  4. Colo to Hwy 330 (Marshall-Story County portion): Grading and paving included in the IDOT 5-year plan. This is another small section causing a missing link in an otherwise efficient network between anchor Iowa’s cities like Cedar Rapids and Ames, with Tama County as a logistical central point.

Tama County Economic Development is also a part of the US Highway 30 Coalition and stands behind the priorities outlined in the report drafted to date. Final version is expected to be available May 2010.

NEXT US HIGHWAY COALITION MEETING
Finalize report to Transportation Commission.
Friday, May 21, 10 a.m.
Fisher Community Center
Marshalltown, Iowa

NEXT IOWA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING
Tuesday, June 8, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m
Fort Madison, Iowa

(1) Source: Iowa Department of Transportation, 2009
(2) Source: US Census Applied Statistics, 2009
(3) Source: Iowa Department of Transportation, 2010
(4) Source: Iowa Department of Transportation, 2009

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