Iowa Highway 965

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Iowa Highway 965 marker

Iowa Highway 965
Coral Ridge Avenue
The former route of Iowa 965 highlighted in red.
Route information
Maintained by Iowa DOT
Length: 0.519 mi[1] (0.835 km)
Existed: June 26, 1985 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 6 – Coralville
North end: I-80 – Coralville
Highway system
Iowa 960 Iowa 1

Iowa Highway 965 (Iowa 965) is a very short state highway in Coralville, Iowa. The one-half-mile-long (0.8 km), north–south route connects U.S. Route 6 to Interstate 80 as there is no direct access between the two routes. Prior to 2003, Iowa 965 was a much longer route, extending to Cedar Rapids.

Route description[edit]

Iowa 965 begins at a T-intersection with U.S. Route 6 on the southwestern edge of Coralville along Coral Ridge Avenue.[2] On the east side of Coral Ridge Avenue is Coral Ridge Mall, a super-regional shopping center. There are two access roads from Iowa 965 to Coral Ridge Mall, one of which is connected to the eastbound exit ramp from Interstate 80. Iowa 965 intersects the I-80 eastbound entrance ramp passes beneath the main interstate. The Iowa 965 designation ends at the intersection of the entrance and exit ramps for westbound I-80. Iowa 965 is signed as "TO US 6" from Interstate 80.[3]

The current extent of Iowa 965 is a connector route between US 6 and I-80 in Coralville, Iowa.

Iowa 965 continued north through a developing part of Coralville towards North Liberty.[4] Despite Coralville and North Liberty sharing a city limit boundary, farmland still existed between the two communities. In North Liberty, former Iowa 965 is still known as Highway 965.[5] Before turning to the northwest, Highway 965 crossed a Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway (Crandic) line.[6] North of North Liberty, Iowa 965, officially known as Johnson County Road W60, entered the Coralville Lake basin. Highway 965 and the Crandic line passed beneath Interstate 380 just before crossing the Iowa River.

North of the Iowa River, Iowa 965 straightened out and headed due north towards Swisher, intersecting Johnson County Road F12. It entered Linn County, where it is no farther than 600 yards (550 m) away from Interstate 380 until the former Iowa 965's northern end in Cedar Rapids. Shortly after entering Linn County, the highway entered the Cedar Rapids city limits. Sixth Avenue SE, as it is known in Cedar Rapids, intersects Wright Brothers Ave SE, formerly Iowa Highway 84, which connects to The Eastern Iowa Airport.[7] As Cedar Rapids nears, Sixth Avenue SE passes through a light industrial zone, flanked to the west by an Archer Daniels Midland corn processing plant. Prior to 2003, Iowa Highway 965 ended at an interchange with U.S. Route 30, U.S. Route 151, and U.S. Route 218.

History[edit]

Iowa Highway 965 was designated on 26 June 1985, replacing a relocated segment of U.S. Route 218. With the construction of Interstate 380, an adjoining segment of freeway was built south of Interstate 80 around the west side of Iowa City. When it was finished, US 218 was relocated onto the new segment and onto I-380. In 1994, Iowa 965 was turned over to the city of North Liberty, creating two segments of Iowa 965. On July 1, 2003, the remainder of Iowa 965 in Johnson County was turned over to the county. In 2004, the Linn County section was turned over.[8]

During the Iowa flood of 2008, flood waters approached and closed the I-380 and Highway 965 bridges. The Highway 965 bridge reopened to traffic on July 3, 2008, after closing on June 13, 2008.[9]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Coralville, Johnson County.

Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
0.000 0.000 US 6 (2nd Street)
0.519 0.835 I-80 (Exit 240)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ a b "2009 Volume of Traffic on the Primary Road System of Iowa" (PDF). Iowa Department of Transportation. January 1, 2009. Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ Iowa Department of Transportation. Highway and Street Map of Coralville, Iowa (Map). http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/citypdf/Coralville_ci.pdf. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  3. ^ Morrison, Jeff (October 16, 2006). "End of Iowa 965". Iowa Highway Ends. Retrieved December 30, 2009. 
  4. ^ Iowa Department of Transportation. Highway and Transportation Map of Johnson County, Iowa (Map). http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/pdf/Johnson.pdf. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  5. ^ Iowa Department of Transportation. Highway and Street Map of North Liberty, Iowa (Map). http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/citypdf/North%20Liberty_ci.pdf. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  6. ^ Iowa Department of Transportation (July 1, 2008). "Iowa State Railroad Map". Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ Iowa Department of Transportation. Highway and Street Map of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Map). http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/citypdf/Cedar%20Rapids_ci.pdf. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
  8. ^ Hancock, Jason (November 15, 2009). "Iowa Highways: The 900 Series". The Iowa Highways Page. Retrieved December 30, 2009. 
  9. ^ Johnson, Gregory (June 14, 2008). "Iowa City Flooding Emergency and Volunteer Recovery Relief Resources". Retrieved December 30, 2009.