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Transportation Commission backs U.S. 30 Expressway

June 16, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

As reported in the June 13 Toledo Chronicle, Iowa Department of Transportation plans call for continuation of the U.S. Highway 30 upgrade to an expressway from Tama to U.S. Highway 218 in Benton County.

A public meeting in Belle Plaine on June 5 laid out proposed plans for the Iowa Highway 21 intersection at the Tama-Benton county line.

Meeting in Des Moines on June 12 the Iowa Transportation Commission approved Transportation Improvements programs which again includes the Tama County

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View of the junction of U.S. 30 and Iowa Highway 21 south of Elberon and north of Belle Plaine taken Tuesday, June 5, 2018. The junction is about 15 miles east of Tama, Iowa.
Chronicle / News-Herald - John Speer

It states the Commission remains committed to previous highway programming actions by maintaining the scheduled multi-yearcorridor improvement projects

These multi-year corridor improvement projects include U.S. 30 in Tama / Benton counties from the Tama bypass to U.S. 218.

According to preliminary plans the grading work will continue east of Tama to near Iowa Highway 21 through next year with paving in 2020.

An overpass with entrance exit ramps at Iowa 21 will be built in 2021 and the entire segment from Tama to U.S. 218 will be completed by 2024.

The U.S., 30 Expressway from Tama to Marshall County opened in 2010.

Iowa Department of Transportation Commission members include Chair John Putney, Gladbrook, Kathy Fehrman, vice chair, Des Moines, Daniel Huber, Davenport, Nancy Maher, Shenandoah, Tom Rielly, Oskaloosa, David A. Rose, Clinton and Charese E. Yanney, Sioux City.

Putney represented Tama County while serving in the Iowa Senate and Rielly represented a portion of Tama County while also serving in the Iowa Senate.



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