Truckers traveling through Iowa will see fewer bypass routes
around the state’s towns in the future.
Mark Wandro, director of the Iowa Department of
Transportation, told The Des Moines
Register that the state will stop routinely building bypasses on four-lane
highways. That means more future four-lane highways will go directly through
the center of many towns.
Wandro said the policy, which is a major departure from the
department’s previous stand, will not jeopardize safety. But it will save Iowa
As recently as this month, the department was still
approving new bypasses. The Iowa Transportation Commission announced earlier in
December that it would relocate and widen U.S. 34 around the town of Fairfield,
The bypass will run from near the town of Bernhart, where
U.S. 34 intersects with Filbert Ave., to near the intersection of U.S. 34 and
Osage Ave. just east of town, the commission said in its meeting minutes. The
expansion is part of a project to expand all of U.S. 34 from Des Moines to
Burlington, which sits on the Mississippi River in the southeast part of the
state, into a four-lane highway, The
That and a number of other bypasses that were already on the
books will still be built, despite the policy shift, the newspaper reported.