U.S. Hwy 75 project nears halfway mark
PLYMOUTH CO. — On schedule. That is the word from Iowa DOT District 3 Transportation Planner Dakin Shultz regarding the U.S. Highway 75 project between Le Mars and Merrill.
The $8.2 million two phase project, has construction in the southbound lanes being completed in 2017 and the northbound lanes in 2018.
“The plan was for the southbound lanes to be complete, and we would have back open to traffic for four lanes for the winter,” Schultz said. “Next year, the contractor will come in and complete the northbound stretch in this area (Le Mars to Merrill).”
According to Schultz, construction of the southbound lanes between Merrill and County Road C-38 are expected to be reopen in September.
“As far as progress, the contractor is working on excavation work. Most of the roadway pipe is in,” Schultz said. “They anticipate having the grade prepared for paving around the second week of August.”
The two-plus mile stretch of paving will involve mainline paving, shoulder paving, intersection returns and side roads, if needed.
“It’s one of the oldest stretches of four lane in Iowa, and the condition is such that we were spending a lot of rehab or maintenance dollars on maintaining a good driving surface,” Schultz said. “There was also the issue of a vertical disparity between lanes that we felt we wanted to address.
“Since the completion of the (Highway) 60 project about a decade ago, it (Hwy 75) has become a freight corridor. We see growing traffic numbers on US 75,” Shultz added.
The project is funded by a combination of primary roads, or fuel tax, and federal funds.