Iowa Highway 44

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Iowa Highway 44 marker

Iowa Highway 44
Route information
Maintained by Iowa DOT
Length: 104.524 mi[2] (168.215 km)
Existed: January 1, 1969[1] – present
Tourist
routes:
Western Skies Scenic Byway
Major junctions
West end: US 30 near Logan
  US 59 at Harlan
US 71 at Hamlin
Iowa 25 at Guthrie Center
Iowa 4 at Panora
US 169 near Dallas Center
East end: Iowa 141 at Grimes
Location
Counties: Harrison, Shelby, Audubon, Guthrie, Dallas, Polk
Highway system
Iowa 39 Iowa 48

Iowa Highway 44 (Iowa 44) is an east–west highway in the central and west-central portions of the state. It runs parallel to Interstate 80, which runs 10 miles (16 km) to the north for most of its route. Iowa 44 begins at its junction with U.S. Highway 30 four miles (6 km) northeast of Logan. It ends at an interchange with the Iowa Highway 141 freeway at Grimes. Iowa 44 was created in 1969 when Iowa Highway 64 was shortened to its current route in eastern Iowa. Most of the route is a part of the Western Skies Scenic Byway.

Route description[edit]

Iowa Highway 44 begins between Logan and Woodbine on U.S. Highway 30. It goes east to Portsmouth, where it intersects Iowa Highway 191, then continues east to Harlan, where it intersects U.S. Highway 59. It continues east from Harlan and intersects Iowa Highway 173 at Kimballton and U.S. Highway 71 at Hamlin. It then continues to Guthrie Center, where it intersects Iowa Highway 25 and Panora, where it intersects Iowa Highway 4. It then intersects U.S. Highway 169 three miles (5 km) before entering Dallas Center and ends at a freeway interchange with Iowa Highway 141 in Grimes in the Des Moines metropolitan area.

Iowa 44 east of Guthrie Center

History[edit]

Iowa 44 was created on January 1, 1969, when the Iowa State Highway Commission reorganized the state's primary highway system. Iowa 44 was one of 26 state highways to receive a new route number.[3] Prior to 1969, what is now Iowa 44 was part of two highways, Iowa 64 and Iowa 39.[4] Since its designation, the route has undergone few changes.

The westernmost 74 miles (119 km) of Iowa 44 are part of the state's Western Skies Scenic Byway.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Harrison Logan 0.000 0.000 US 30
Shelby Portsmouth 11.547 18.583 Iowa 191 (Railway Street)
Harlan 20.873 33.592 US 59
Audubon Kimballton 35.337 56.869 Iowa 173 south (Main Street)
Hamlin 45.225 72.783 US 71
Guthrie Guthrie Center 66.448 106.938 Iowa 25 (5th Street)
Panora 74.023 119.128 Iowa 4 north (Northeast 3rd Street)
Dallas Dallas Center 91.586 147.393 US 169
Polk Grimes 104.524 168.215 Iowa 141
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iowa Department of Transportation (1969). Iowa State Highway Map (Map). http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/historical/pdf/1969_front.pdf. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
  2. ^ a b 2013 Volume of Traffic on the Primary Road System of Iowa (PDF). Iowa Department of Transportation. January 1, 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ "New Iowa Map Goes On Sale". Telegraph-Herald (Dubuque, Iowa). January 14, 1969. p. 7. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ Iowa State Highway Commission (1968). Iowa State Highway Map (Map). http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/historical/pdf/1968_front.pdf. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
  5. ^ Iowa Department of Transportation. "Western Skies Scenic Byway". Retrieved July 17, 2011. 

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