Three out of four ain’t bad. Two out of four, however, is
the number of lanes U.S. 61 has been stuck with in the far southeast corner of
Iowa. And for a grass-roots group lobbying in the state, it’s just not enough
to handle the highway’s traffic flow.
The appropriately named the Highway 61 Coalition presented
its case to the Iowa Transportation Commission at a meeting April 12. The
problem, they say, is that the last leg of the highway – about 36 miles of road
stretching from Keokuk to the Missouri border – needs to be widened to promote
economic development, safety and an improved total transportation
infrastructure, according to The Hawkeye.
The group, which is composed of representatives from city
and county governments, chambers of commerce and private firms, is asking the
state commission for 100 percent support of the project, the Fort Madison
Daily Democrat reported.
The group has also ranked the projects in the order they
would like to see them completed, starting with a bypass around Fort Madison,
second with an improved roadway between Burlington and Newport Junction, and
third with four-lane construction continuing south to the Missouri border,
according to the Muscatine Journal.