Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa on January 30, 1957 · Page 75
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Oskaloosa Daily Herald from Oskaloosa, Iowa · Page 75

Oskaloosa, Iowa
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Wednesday, January 30, 1957
Page 75
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^ -'·T V - "-ft DAILY VOL 70 NO. 128 107 YEARS OF NEWSTAFER SERVICE OSKALOOSA. IOWA-WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 30. 1957 FOUNDED JULY 2. 1850 Aerial view of highway 163 widening, * * » « B * «·!»»** ·* County road, bridge construction north of Keomah Corner. Grading and bridging of highway 146 north of New Sharon 0=kaloosa resurfacing 40 blocks of downtown paving. Big Gain Made In Highw Rapid strides were taken in the modernization and improvement of state highways in the Oskaloosa area in 19-56, while plans for carrying forward the program in 1957 hang on legislative action to continue the present state gas tax and a share of Iowa use tax money. The widening of 53 miles of state primary highways 163 and US63 between the east Polk county line and the north Wapello county line by way of Oskaloosa was completed in 1956. Widening operations by the Ronald Kenyon Construction Co. of Des Moines cost over a million dollars, while 4.5 miles of new 24 concrete pavement on relocations in Ma- haska and Marion county added S340.000 more. The Stade Construction Co. of Fairmont, Minn., helped Kenyon complete the job. The project included laying of a three inch asphalt mat on top of the widened pavement on highway 163 between Oskaloosa and Pella. The work was done by the Norris Construction Co. of Ottumwa at a cost of 8265,000. Shoulder grading was completed and two and a half feet of crushed rock, three inches deep, was spread along the resurfaced widened pavement. PERMANENT GRADING and bridging of highway 146 between Xew Sharon and Grinneil was started in 1956, with about half of the 20 mile job ; Temporary rock surfac::: on the stretch of finishes; J. D. Armstrong' · grading job and start--: '·- ends of the project, in-- r ed south from G-'ir.r.-l. north from New Shar-'·'·· county line. The cor.::^'. 1957. Ben Cole So::- :" tract for the new i-ri-v- Skunk river at the ec:::'.".." will be started on th-; "-' materials are de^v-.-'.v: will have to be del '.:;i: -.rtially completed. - Is to be spread rading. Grinneil has the oving dirt at both ;-.fl has been grad:o Searsboro and y the Poweshiek "ill be finished in r.-.es have the con- across 'the north Sine but no work foot spa., until all . the job. Traffic hile the bridge is State plans call for blacktopping the road v.-hen all grading and bridjework is finished. The blacktop 'will connect with paving : :--t"-een Grinneil and Mar?halltown. Hicrhvvay 225 betvre^n 'he nr-vr 146 at ..-,;:--.-'··.;-') and Sully is :·. '··, peirnanc-ntly gr^d---i ard bridged under ;h-- ;1 : 57 r:r^crr;-:r;. d-r! ··: I d--.-::t. of course, on the rcvnactnient 01 th-- '·:·:tra tv/o cent gas tr.:-r lav.-. I.r.M-ov-irner.l of both ",-iG ard 22^ c-'-.r:t?- a v_.-" "'-ars of petition;-.'-- ' : -':-" rvsidc-:" X; ; v Sharon. Searsboro, Ly:.:v.'!"-. and ar/" the Oskaloosa chant"-"or -''f oon: r--..a-"? committee. The modemizaiion of h:irhv.ay Xo. 02 east from Osksloosa to the Keokuk county Sine is another project tentatively included in the 1957 state road modernization program. This will involve the relocation and paving of 6.3 miles of the 12.3 mile route set up for this year's construction. The D2 widening project came out of ajrilstion following the deaths of two young mothers in highway accidents early in 1956. OSKALOOSA will be affected by other l-)57 road projects, including the widening of US 6:5 ir. Wapello county, six miles south from the ilahaska-Keokuk county line, re- surfacir.cr r.f widened 163 in Jasper county TRANSPORTATION . . . (.Continued on page 62) WOUSTRtAL EXPANSION i NEWSPAPER

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