Members of the Iowa Department of Transportation commission visited Sioux Center this week to take an in-person look at the condition and congestion on Highway 75.
Their tour was part of a visit to northwest Iowa, including a commission meeting in Orange City, where Sioux Center leaders spoke to them about desired improvements for the highway.
“We reiterated the concerns about the condition of the pavement, the underlying pavement’s age, and the congestion with the continued growth of our community,” said City Manager Scott Wynja.
City staff spoke with DOT staff about replacing the highway's pavement and making it an enhanced four-lane roadway through Sioux Center with a central turning lane and medians.
“We are seeing issues and hearing concerns from citizens about the condition of Highway 75, so we are pushing harder for the DOT to move forward with these improvements,” said Sioux Center Utility Manager Murray Hulstein.
City leaders continue to seek DOT funding to update the portion of the highway that also is Sioux Center’s main street.
“In Sioux Center, this roadway serves both local and U.S. Highway travelers. Improving its ability to handle vehicle and pedestrian traffic safely is a priority for us, especially as Sioux Center continues to grow,” Hulstein said.