(Sioux City) — Anyone traveling on Highway 75 between Hinton and Sioux City will again encounter a construction zone between the two communities. Iowa Department of Transportation District 3 Transportation Planner, Dakin Schultz says the construction project is similar to last year, only focused on the southbound lanes.
Schultz explains what will take place during the construction period of Highway 75.
The Iowa D-O-T official says in some areas, the southbound lanes will be lowered in elevation by as much as seven feet. Schultz says this will be done to make it easier and safer for northbound traffic wanting to cross the highway, or to make a U-turn to head southbound.
Schultz says beginning Sunday left-hand turns will be prohibited, and no longer be allowed through the construction zone. Motorists will need to travel to either to Sioux City or to Hinton, depending on their destination and direction, in order to change their direction. Peterson Contractors of Rinebeck, Iowa, was again awarded the contract. They are the same company that worked on the highway project a year ago. The total construction project is estimated to cost $14 million and 437-thousand dollars. Schultz says there is an interesting trivia tidbit about the stretch of roadway under construction on Highway 75.
The construction project which begins now is scheduled to continue until late autumn before it will be completed.