The Iowa Department of Transportation's highway improvement plan for the next five years includes two fairly high profile projects in Linn County.
The $1.1 billion program, presented Tuesday to the Iowa Transportation Commission in Ames, includes the Mount Vernon/Lisbon bypass and the Highway 100 extension from Edgewood Road NE to Highway 30. Both are multiyear corridor improvement projects that will be funded in phases.
The five-year DOT highway improvement program also includes Highway 30 from Iowa 21 to U.S. 218 in Benton County, the Highway 58 at Viking Road interchange in Cedar Falls and the Highway 218 interchange at County Road C-57 in Black Hawk County.
Separately Tuesday, the transportation commission approved a $274,000 state grant to help create 62 jobs and expand a Clinton business that manufactures concrete, main track and turnout railroad ties.
The Iowa Transportation Commission approved an application from the City of Clinton on behalf of Rail One USA Corp. The Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy (RISE) grant will assist with the construction of approximately 525 feet of new roadway to an industrial park.
The project, which represents a $36 million capital investment, will be completed by September.The commission also approved a $983,000 RISE grant for the City of Pleasant Hill to construct 1,340 feet of new roadway to provide access to 64 acres for industrial, manufacturing, warehouse distribution and professional office purposes. The project is targeted for completion in November.