IDOT Conducting I-380 Survey

LINN COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG TV9)-- Studies from Iowa Department of Transportation show as many as 7,500 drivers use Interstate 380 from Hiawatha to Iowa City each day.

Many of those drivers are commuters. And during peak hours things can get congested.

"My wife used to do it every day and it was terrible,” George Herman said.

Communities up and down the corridor are working with the DOT to develop improvements.

For a few years, city and county leaders have discussed adding a new exit for drivers on the north end of Linn County.

The idea is an onramp on Tower Terrace road. Community leaders hope it will lessen the traffic just south on Boyson Road and north on County Home Road.

"I actually live right over there so I think it would be a really good idea to add one over there I think it would be very convenient cause it’s a really busy road,” Meghan Jones said.

Last year, the city of Hiawatha asked the state for $20 million to build an interchange. Officials with DOT say the earliest construction could begin is 2012. The project would need state funding and approval first.

In North Liberty, construction continues at this future interchange along Forever Green Road. The $13.1 million project includes the widening and adding of turn lanes to Forever Green Road. The project should be done in 2019.

The Iowa D-O-T will host a public information meeting on November 16th to gather input for its Interstate 380 Study.

A couple of the topics include discussion of an onramp at Tower Terrace Road and reconstruction of the Boyson Road Interchange.

The meeting will be held from 5 to 6:30 pm at Hiawatha City Hall.

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