Iowa Highway 9 from Estherville to Spirit Lake will get a new asphalt overlay in 2014, thanks largely to efforts by Northwest Iowa Planning & Development Commission.
Zac Bitting, Iowa Department of Transportation planner in Ames, said the overlay will include from a half-mile east of Emmet County N25 from the west side of Estherville to Spirit Lake.
Dakin Schultz, DOT transportation planner in Sioux City, said there will be a four-foot widening of the section from Estherville to the Jackson T at Highways 71/9 and a six-foot widening from the Jackson T to Spirit Lake. Schultz said traffic volumes determine the amount of widening on each stretch of highway. He said counts showed 4,100 vehicles a day between the Jackson T to Estherville and 5,500 from the T to Spirit Lake.
Schultz said the overlay will take most of the 2014 construction season and will include patching, milling, paving shoulders, pipe extension, guardrail work, shape flattening and some drainage work. One lane will remain open with a pilot car leading traffic.
Schultz said the road was originally built in 1939 with the last resurfacing in 1993. However, wheel rutting has taken its toll on the highway, leading to the resurfacing.
Schultz said Northwest Iowa Planning & Development Commission committed funding to the project, advancing it in the DOT's five-year plan.
Schultz pegged the entire project cost at just under $5 million.