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Busy time seen for Tama County highways in 2018

Work on U.S. 30 Esxpresway east of Tama, U.S. Highway 63 north of Toledo

December 18, 2017
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Look for a pair of big road projects for Tama County highways next year. Not only is work to continue on the U.S. 30 Expressway extension east of Tama to the Benton County line at Iowa Highway 21, but U.S. Highway 63 from Toledo to Traer is set for a widening project.

The Iowa Department of Transportation 2018-2022 Improvement plan which was approved in June lists the work to be done and estimated cost.

Termed the U.S. 30 bypass beginning just east of Tama, a total project estimate for 2018 is $49 million. Included is grading, new bridge and culvert work.

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The work will continue into 2019 with additional grading and paving set for 2020 at an estimated cost totaling nearly $46 million.

Work on the U.S. 30 bypass extension is planned for north of the present route. DOT spokespersons told The News- Herald previously this affords more safety for motorists and construction crews rather than including any portion of the present highway.

Extensive work on the U.S. 30- U.S. Highway 218 junction in Benton County is also set for 2018. A new bridge, grading, paving, lighting and traffic signal improvements are planned at an estimated $17.75 million cost.

Right of way acquisition from the Tama County line east to U.S. 218 is also planned at an estimated cost of $1.7 million. Work on this 14-mile Benton County portion of the Expressway is not currently set to begin until 2021 for grading and paving in 2022.

U.S. Highway 63

The 2018-2022 plan also lists an estimated expenditure totaling $2.5 million for the addition of paved shoulders to U. S. Highway 63 between Toledo and Traer. This work is also scheduled for next year.

It begins at 300th Street in Toledo and continues to 180th Street in Traer, a distance of 18 miles.

In addition to this work Tama County gravel road intersections will be paved back from the highway 50 to 75 feet Lyle Brehm, Tama County engineer said Tuesday. Brehm told The News-Herald Tama County is responsible to pay for this part of the project.

Brehm told The News-Herald

John Putney, Gladbrook, is chair of the Iowa Transportation Commission. He is a former Iowa State Senator who represented Tama County. He is joined by vice chair Kathy J. Fehrman, Des Moines, and commissioners Tom Rielly, Oskaloosa, also a former state senator who represented Tama County, Charese Yancey, Sioux city, Daniel Huber, Davenport, Nancy Maher, Shedandoah and David Rose, Clinton,



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