Iowa Highway 17

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Iowa Highway 17 marker

Iowa Highway 17
Route information
Maintained by Iowa DOT
Length: 102.789 mi[4] (165.423 km)
Existed: January 1, 1969[1] – present
History: Iowa 60: 1919[2] – December 31, 1968[3]
Major junctions
South end: Iowa 141 near Granger
  US 30 near Boone
US 20 at Webster City
North end: US 18 near Wesley
Location
Counties: Polk, Boone, Hamilton, Wright, Kossuth
Highway system
Iowa 16 US 18

Iowa Highway 17 (Iowa 17) is a 103-mile-long (166 km) north–south state highway that traverses primarily rural areas in central and north-central Iowa. Iowa 17's south end is near Granger in Dallas County at a freeway interchange with Iowa Highway 141, and its northern terminus is at an intersection with U.S. Highway 18 at the Kossuth-Hancock county line near Wesley.

Route description[edit]

Iowa 17 near Wesley

Iowa Highway 17 begins at a trumpet interchange with Iowa Highway 141 near Granger. It goes north to Madrid, where it intersects Iowa Highway 210. It continues north through Luther and then intersects U.S. Highway 30 east of Boone. It proceeds north from U.S. 30 and has a one-mile (1.6 km) overlap with Iowa Highway 175 in Stanhope. It goes north, then turns northwest to go towards Webster City, and intersects U.S. Highway 20 there. They overlap going west from Webster City, then Iowa 17 turns north to go through Eagle Grove. It continues north to Goldfield, where it intersects Iowa Highway 3. Iowa 17 and Iowa 3 overlap to the border between Wright and Humboldt Counties, then Iowa 17 turns north. It passes through Renwick and Corwith, then ends on the border separating Hancock and Kossuth Counties east of Wesley.

History[edit]

For the original Primary Road No. 17, see Iowa Highway 4.

Although Iowa 17 has only been designated since 1969, most of the route has been a part of the primary highway system since the system's inception in 1919. The route was designated Primary Road No. 60 and connected Des Moines and Goldfield via Webster City. By 1930, the only paved section of what was by then called Iowa 60 was the southernmost 20 miles (32 km) from Des Moines to south of Madrid.[5] In two years, paving extended to US 30 east of Boone.[6]

1932 saw many changes to Iowa 60. The route was extended 30 miles (48 km) to the north where it ended at US 18 in Wesley, and extended southward through Des Moines and Knoxville to the Missouri state line, effectively doubling its length.[7] The section of Iowa 60 south of Des Moines is now known as Iowa 5.

Little changed in the Iowa 60 north of Des Moines over the next twenty years. The only paving that was completed was in Wright County.[8] By 1957, that paving extended to the northern end at US 18.[9]

On January 1, 1969, the Iowa State Highway Commission renumbered several state highways in the state. They sought to create continuous numbers across state lines and remove unnecessary duplicate route numbers where they could.[10] Since it crossed the state line into Missouri, the southern half of the route was renumbered Iowa 5 to match Missouri Route 5. Throughout Des Moines, Iowa 60 overlapped many other routes, so the designation was removed between the I-35/now-Iowa 5 interchange to the intersection with Iowa 141 in Granger. The section of Iowa 60 north of Granger became Iowa 17.[1]

Since becoming Iowa 17, the route has changed little. By 1976, paving was completed and the southern end of the route was converted into an interchange with Iowa 141.[11] By the end of the 1970s, the highway was rerouted around Webster City when US 20 was realigned onto a new freeway.[12]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[4] km Destinations Notes
Polk Granger 0.000 0.000 Iowa 141
Boone Madrid 8.764 14.104 Iowa 210 west (1st Street) South end of Iowa 210 overlap
8.842 14.230 Iowa 210 east (North Street) North end of Iowa 210 overlap
Jackson Township /
Colfax Township
19.656 31.633 US 30
Hamilton Clear Lake Township 36.903 59.390 Iowa 175 west South end of Iowa 175 overlap
Stanhope 37.898 60.991 Iowa 175 east North end of Iowa 175 overlap
Webster City 49.825 80.186 US 20 east South end of US 20 overlap
Freedom Township 54.372 87.503 US 20 west North end of US 20 overlap
Wright Goldfield 74.712 120.237 Iowa 3 east South end of Iowa 3 overlap
Liberty Township /
Eagle Grove Township
77.569 124.835 Iowa 3 west North end of Iowa 3 overlap
Kossuth Wesley Township 102.789 165.423 US 18
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Iowa State Highway Commission (1969). Iowa State Highway Map (Map). http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/historical/pdf/1969_front.pdf. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  2. ^ Iowa State Highway Commission (1919). Iowa State Highway Map (Map). http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/historical/pdf/1919-front.pdf. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  3. ^ Iowa State Highway Commission (1968). Iowa State Highway Map (Map). http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/historical/pdf/1968_front.pdf. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "2011 Volume of Traffic on the Primary Road System of Iowa" (PDF). Iowa Department of Transportation. January 1, 2011. Retrieved January 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ Iowa State Highway Commission (1929). Iowa State Highway Map (Map). http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/historical/pdf/1929-front.pdf. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  6. ^ Iowa State Highway Commission (1931). Iowa State Highway Map (Map). http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/historical/pdf/1931-front.pdf. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  7. ^ Iowa State Highway Commission (October 1932). Iowa State Highway Map (Map). http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/historical/pdf/1932-oct-front.pdf. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  8. ^ Iowa State Highway Commission (1952). Iowa State Highway Map (Map). http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/historical/pdf/1952_front.pdf. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  9. ^ Iowa State Highway Commission (1957). Iowa State Highway Map (Map). http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/historical/pdf/1957_front.pdf. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  10. ^ "New Iowa Map Goes on Sale". Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, Iowa). January 14, 1969. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  11. ^ Iowa Department of Transportation (1976). Iowa State Highway Map (Map). http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/historical/pdf/1976_front.pdf. Retrieved July 2, 2011.
  12. ^ Iowa Department of Transportation (1979). Iowa State Highway Map (Map). http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/historical/pdf/1979_front.pdf. Retrieved July 2, 2011.

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