State Transportation Plan Approved

June 12, 2019 9:54am

The Iowa Transportation Commission Tuesday approved the Fiscal Year 2020-2024 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program.

The plan includes pavement rehabilitation for highway 71 from highway seven south to highway 20, estimated to cost four-million dollars.

Several other projects planned for the five-year plan include two bridge overlay projects in Calhoun County... a bridge rehab over the Little Sioux River in Cherokee County... a bridge replacement over Big Cedar Creek in Pocahontas County... and a bridge rehab over Porter Creek in Sac County.

Numerous railroad crossing improvements are included in the plan... including signals with gate arms on Radio Road and Gilbert Street in Storm Lake, Lake Street in Alta, West Third Street in Aurelia, North First Street and East Street in Laurens, and 140th Avenue in Pocahontas County. Also included are railroad crossing surface repairs on Oneida, Cayuga, and West Fifth Streets in Storm Lake.

According to the DOT, the program continues to reflect the additional projects possible because of the fuel tax increase in 2015. The program includes about three-and-half billion dollars for highway right of way and construction... with about 55 percent being invested in rural areas.