Iowa Department of Transportation released 2009 data of the annual average daily traffic (AADT) counts throughout Tama County. Traffic counts are up from 2005 on sections like US Highway 30 east of Tama through the Bohemian Alps. Based on the current 5-year Iowa transportation plan, that section is expected to be the only remaining two-lane portion in an otherwise four-lane Industrial and Commercial Transportation network that connects Iowa’s biggest population clusters like Des Moines/Ames to Cedar Rapids.
Tama County Economic Development is partnering with the U.S. Highway 30 Coalition and Iowa Department of Transportation to work on improving these transportation bottlenecks to benefit the overall transportation network. Here are some other updates from last week’s meeting pertinent to Tama County stakeholders:
- Tama-Toledo Bypass Update: Construction is on schedule and set to open November 2010 with the exception of the section impacted by the bridge construction west of Toledo. It is still settling 1 millimeter every day. A local public update from the Iowa Department of Transportation is expected in the near future. (1)
- Surface Transportation Funding: 1989 was the last time gas tax was raised in Iowa, (1985 Federally), and cars are getting increasingly fuel-efficient. Group discussed concerns and solutions like moving towards a distance based direct user free.
- US Highway 30 Final Report: Presentation on the economic impact and safety study of US Highway 30 is expected to be presented to the Transportation Commission August 10 in Storm Lake, Iowa. The communities of Tama County, Iowa are encouraged to review it and put their name on it if they agree with the findings and recommendations.
(1) Source: Iowa Department of Transportation, 2010
(2) Source: Iowa Department of Transportation, 2009