Construction on County Home Road is scheduled to resume April 1, 2021. County Home Road will be closed completely to through traffic from N Center Point Road to just east of C Ave Extension and will remain closed for the entire duration of the project. The N Center Point Road intersection will remain open throughout the entire project while the C Ave Ext intersection will remain closed the entire project.
Construction improvements include concrete paving, the addition of right and left turn lanes, and single lane roundabouts at the C Ave Ext intersection. The anticipated completion date for the project is fall 2021.
This project is a continuation of the improvements made to County Home Road last year, which included concrete paving, the addition of right and left turn lanes, and a single lane roundabout at the Alburnett Road intersection. The project is being completed in phases to minimize the effect on local traffic.
Through traffic will not be able to use County Home Road to get between N Center Point Road and Highway 13. The following detour will be posted:
- Eastbound traffic will be detoured on I-380 South to Highway 100 East to Highway 13 North to County Home Road.
- Westbound traffic will be detoured on Highway 13 South to Highway 100 West to I-380 North to County Home Road.
- Detour Map is available online
- Local traffic will be able to use the closed sections of County Home Road to access their properties as long as there isn’t fresh concrete on the road.
Project Improvements and Benefits
Project improvements include designated right and left turn lanes and roundabouts. Roundabouts were chosen at C Ave Ext and Alburnett Road for increased safety and traffic flow. When used in the correct locations, roundabouts have been proven safer and more efficient than other types of intersections. The roundabouts will be single lane and designed to accommodate large trucks and farm equipment. The center of the roundabouts will have Truck Apron which is raised and colored. It is intended to discourage regular vehicles from cutting through the roundabout, but is designed for trucks and farm equipment to assist in tight turns.
Turn lanes will be constructed at each intersection, excluding C Ave Ext and Alburnett Road. Designated turn lanes will allow traffic to slow down safely without impeding through traffic by removing turning vehicles from the mainline traffic. Studies have shown turn lanes can reduce rear end and right angle crashes.
The project was let on February 18, 2020 and was awarded to Horsfield Construction, Inc. of Epworth, Iowa for a cost of $7,934,357.90. The project is funded through Farm-to-Market, Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and the federal-aid funding swap program through the Iowa DOT.
For more information, visit Linn County’s website: LinnCounty.org/CountyHomeRoad.
To receive text or email updates on this and other Linn County Secondary Road construction projects, visit LinnCounty.org/NotifyMe. Updates will be sent as work progresses.
Information received from linncounty-ia.gov