Highway 75 construction to be two years

The Iowa Department of Transportation approved adding Highway 75 to its five-year transportation improvement program. The first years will involve studying project impacts and designing the roadway, then preparing for construction, followed by construction over a two-year period. 

SIOUX CENTER—The Iowa Department of Transportation approved adding Highway 75 to its five-year transportation improvement program on Tuesday, June 11.

The Iowa DOT committed more than $20 million for this project in Sioux Center to be completed within the next five years. Construction would be based on funding, which is anticipated for 2023-24.

City manager Scott Wynja said the first year and a half, in particular, will involve studying project impacts and designing the roadway, then preparing for construction, followed by construction over a two-year period. Construction will include removing the existing, aging pavement, replacing it with an enhanced four-lane roadway and adding safety features.

“The DOT is making a major investment in the future of Sioux Center — it’s great news that they are going to partner with our community at this level and help make this a project that represents our community now and in the future,” Wynja said.

The recently approved five-year DOT transportation improvement program, which this project is a part of, addresses road and bridge projects critical to maintaining Iowa’s transportation system and creating opportunities for economic growth. The focus is on providing modern, safe and efficient transportation services to the public.

“This work on Highway 75 will be a big project and it will impact all of us,” said utilities manager Murray Hulstein. “That’s why our goal is a Highway 75 that is safe and great to travel on – a project the community is proud of.”

Another aspect to the highway construction project is the city seeks to replace aging utilities located under the highway, including sewer, water and gas, at the same time. Hulstein said “it makes the most sense” to do that at the same time the highway is torn up. Research is underway as to the best ways for the city to do this at the same time as the Highway 75 improvements.