Interstates in Iowa could get wider

The Iowa Department of Transportation is considering plans to spend more than $1 billion to widen over 170 miles of interstate highways, including some primary trucking routes.

The state could increase its gasoline tax to help pay for the projects.

According to The Des Moines Register, the routes likely to be targeted for widening include:

  • Interstate Highway 35 between Ankeny and Ames.
  • Interstate Highway 80 between Des Moines and Davenport.
  • Interstate Highway 380 between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids.

The 700-member Iowa Motor Truck Association supports adding more lanes to Iowa’s interstates.

There are no timelines attached to any of the potential projects.