Highway 60 projects from the Le Mars bypass to Sibley had bids for paving let in January totaling $40 million.
Another $4 million paving contract was awarded in December by the Iowa Department of Transportation.
The four paving projects are:
* the north end of the Le Mars bypass;
* the Le Mars bypass to the Alton bypass;
* the Alton bypass to the south end of the Sheldon bypass; and,
* the north end of the Sheldon bypass to the south end of the Sibley bypass.
The bypasses of Le Mars, Sheldon and Sibley are planned for completion "after 2005," according to Dakin Schultz, IDOT field services coordinator. This is the first year all seven segments of Iowa Highway 60 will have construction activity scheduled.
The 55-mile corridor, from Le Mars to the Minnesota state line, is one of six statewide "high priority" corridors designated by the Iowa Transportation Commission in 1996.
Funding for four-laning and other improvements to Iowa Highway 60 funding now totals more than $120 million in commitments by IDOT. The project is estimated to cost $250 million.