Iowa Transportation Commission approves additional highway work


November 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Transportation Commission, Tuesday, approved an amendment to the fiscal year 2013-2017 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program that will advance the bid letting of some highway projects into FY 2013 and add new projects to the program. The amendment advanced three interstate stewardship projects to FY 2013. In addition, nine new projects involving investments in non-interstate pavement modernization and safety were added to the program in FY 2013, with construction expected to begin in 2013.

In Mills County a slightly more than $8-million Interstate Stewardship pavement rehabilitation project covers I-29 southbound, from the Mills County line to Highway 92. And, in Page County, a $5-million pavement rehab and widening project will occur next year from Highway 2, from the Middle Tarkio River, to Clarinda.

The projects were chosen because they can be developed and let for construction yet this fiscal year. The program amendment was made possible because additional funding was made available after the program was approved in June. Those funds are the result of favorable construction project lettings, Iowa Department of Transportation budget savings and receipt of federal funding in excess of forecasted amounts.