Iowa Highway 44

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Iowa Highway 44 marker

Iowa Highway 44
Iowa 44 highlighted in red
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
 
East end Iowa 141 at Grimes
Location
Counties
Highway system
Iowa 39Iowa 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 44 east of Guthrie Center

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.

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]

CountyLocationmi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
HarrisonJefferson Township0.0000.000 US 30 – Logan, Woodbine
ShelbyPortsmouth11.54718.583 Iowa 191 (Railway Street) – Panama, Persia
Harlan20.87333.592 US 59 – Avoca, Denison
AudubonKimballton35.33756.869 Iowa 173 south (Main Street) – Elk Horn
Hamlin45.22572.783 US 71 – Audubon, Exira
GuthrieGuthrie Center66.448106.938 Iowa 25 (5th Street) – Greenfield, Bayard
Panora74.023119.128 Iowa 4 north (NE 3rd Street) – Jefferson
DallasDallas Center91.586147.393 US 169 – Adel, Ogden
PolkGrimes104.524168.215 Iowa 141 – Urbandale, Perry
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iowa State Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Iowa Department of Transportation. 1969. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "2009 Volume of Traffic on the Primary Road System of Iowa" (PDF). Iowa Department of Transportation. January 1, 2009. 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 Map (PDF) (Map). Iowa State Highway Commission. 1968. Retrieved February 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ Iowa Department of Transportation. "Western Skies Scenic Byway" (PDF). Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
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