Northwest Iowa — It’s been said that Iowa has two seasons: snow removal and road construction. With the higher temperatures, most of our snow has disappeared and now the thoughts of many Iowans are turning to the other season — wondering what construction projects are in the works.
We talked with Iowa Department of Transportation Construction Engineer Darwin Bishop in the Sioux City office. He says there are some small projects planned in our four-county area of northwest Iowa, but in the wider sense of the term “northwest Iowa,” there will be some bigger projects this summer.
As far as the four north-westernmost counties, Bishop says they don’t have any big projects planned for Summer, 2016.
He does say, however, that there is a small project planned for this summer in the Paullina area.
He says there will not be a detour for the Highway 10 project, which will be about three and a half miles of work. According to Bishop, traffic will be led through the construction zone by flaggers and a pilot car.
Bishop does say that they are looking at doing a project on Highway 18, but it won’t be this year.
He says those projects should run about $6 million, each.