The Iowa Department of Transportation on Tuesday approved its five-year transportation improvement program that includes nearly $1 million in projects in Jasper County in the coming fiscal year and a total of $6.5 million in projects over the period.
The program reflects the state's multimodal transportation system through inclusion of investments in aviation, transit, railroads, trails and highways.
Two projects involving roadway railroad crossings on the Iowa Interstate Railroad line are included in next fiscal year's work program. Federal funds totaling $71,263 were approved for surface repairs at the railroad crossing on North 19th Avenue East in Newton, 60 percent of the projected cost. State funds totaling $96,000 are allocated next year for crossing repairs at 39th Avenue East in Jasper County, again 60 percent of the cost.
Three highway projects are slated for next year, the largest of which includes work on a 1.3 mile stretch of Highway 117 at Indian Creek near Mingo. Work includes culvert replacement, the installatinn of rip rap and right-of-way acquistion at a total cost of $755,000.
Also scheduled next year is $50,000 for slope improvement at the Interstate 80 interchange with Highway 117 at Colfax and $117,000 for culvert replacement and right-of-way acquisition at a site 2.2 miles east of Newton on Highway 6.
The following projects are scheduled in the program's future years:
- 2014 - Interstate 80 rest area improvement east of County Road T-38 westbound - $3,863,000
- 2016 - Interstate 80 bridge deck overlay on County Road F-48 - $294,000
- 2017 - Interstate 80 bridge deck overlay on East Fifth Street South in Newton - $263,000
- 2017 - Highway 14 bridge replacement 0.2 miles south of Iowa 224 - $1,150,000.