CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - That extra dime you pay at the pump is fueling up road projects in Iowa, including expanding Highway 30 to 4-lanes between Cedar Rapids and Tama.
A bridge part of the SW Arterial construction project in Dubuque on Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The Iowa DOT released its 5-year plan for transportation projects. In it, the department highlights the extra revenue from a 10-cent gas tax increase the Iowa legislature approved in 2015. That is generating an extra $508.1 million in revenue, all of it designated for road projects.
The Iowa DOT outlines dozens of projects as sped up or made possible by that funding, including $129 million over 5 years for to expand Highway 30 to 4-lanes from Cedar Rapids to Tama, which is already underway. It also includes $12 million to repave Highway 13 from Central City to County Home Road in Linn County.
The total plan includes hundreds of projects totaling $3.4 billion dollars and include some major projects on wish lists of eastern Iowa communities.
SOUTHWEST ARTERIALDubuque would get $41 million to pave all four lanes of the Southwest arterial in 2019. The original plan was to pave only two lanes initially and pave the other two at a later date. The project, which would connect Highway 20 west of Dubuque to Highway 151 south of Dubuque and has been in planning since 1987, is slated to open next year.
I80/380 INTERCHANGEThe work has already started to rebuild the I-80 interchange with I-380 in Johnson County. The 5-year plan includes funding for the $350 million dollar project. The main work on the interchange likely won’t start until 2020 and take about 3 years to complete.
TOWER TERRACE EXIT ON I-380The plan includes $15 million in 2022 to add an exit off I-380 at Tower Terrace Road in Hiawatha. The exit has been a priority for Hiawatha and Linn County planners looking to ease congestion on Boyson Road and facilitate growth on the north end of the Cedar Rapids metro area.
Among the other projects included in the plan in Eastern Iowa:
Benton County-$2 million in 2022 to redesign the curve on Highway 150 near Urbana. That is where a crash with a semi killed 5 people in a pick-up in 2015: 19-year-old Quentin Ary, 20-year-old Nicole Jacobsen, 17-year-old Triston Randall, 14-year-old Hunter Tuttle and 12-year-old Zoey Tuttle.
Black Hawk County-$27 million to repave Highway 20 from Highway 63 to the Cedar River in two sections in 2019 and 2022
Cedar County-$34 million in 2023 to repave and replace a bridge on I-80 from the Cedar River to the Durant exit.
Dubuque County-$48 million from 2019-2023 for repaving Highway 3 from Luxemburg to Sageville.-$35 million in 2019-2020 to repave Highway 20 from Swiss Valley Road to Dubuque.
Floyd County-$20 million to redo the interchange with Highway 218 and Highway 27 in 2022.
Johnson County-$113 million to repave and expand I-80 from Highway 1 to West Branch from 2021 to 2023
Linn County-$9 million to replace the Highway 30 bridge over the Cedar River in 2021-$1.4 million to finish the Highway 100 extension from Covington Road to Highway 30 in 2019.-$12 million in 2019 to replace bridges along Highway 151 from Highway 30 through Fairfax
Washington County-$30 million in 2023 to repave Highway 92 between Highway 218 and Columbus Junction.