Iowa D.O.T Commission Approves 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program; Includes Work On Hwys. 71 & 86 Locally

Wed 6-12-2019

(Ames)-- The Iowa Transportation Commission Tuesday approved the 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program.

Local projects that are included in the program include pavement rehabilitation on Iowa Highway 86 from U.S. Highway 71 at Milford north to Iowa Highway 9. That project is scheduled for 2020 and has a price tag of $3.2 million.

Another major project included in the plan is grading and paving on U.S. Highway 71 from Okoboji Grove Road in Arnolds Park to Eastview Avenue in Okoboji at a cost of $11.2 million. It's scheduled for 2023.

The plan also contains $313,300 in federal funding for a Dickinson County Trails project to resurface and renovate a portion of the spine trail in federal fiscal year 2020.

Numerous railroad crossing improvements are included in the plan including signals with gate arms on 4th Avenue East in Spencer; North 2nd Street in Estherville; Vine Avenue in O'Brien county; and Washington Avenue in Sheldon. Funding is also included for some crossing repairs including one in O'Brien county at Oriole Avenue and two in the city of Dickens on Main Street.

Some local aviation projects are also included for federal fiscal year 2020 including hangar and roof repairs and repainting of the beacon tower at the Estherville Municipal Airport and rehabilitation of some hangar doors at the Northwest Iowa Regional Airport in Spencer.

D.O.T officials say an increase in the fuel tax in 2015 made it possible for them to include some additional projects. The program includes about $3.5 billion for highway right-of-way and construction, with about 55 percent being invested in rural areas.