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Iowa Highway 44
Length: 104.54 mi[1] (168.2 km)
Formed: January 1, 1969[2]
West end: US 30 near Logan
Major
junctions:
US 59 at Harlan
US 71 at Hamlin
IA 25 at Guthrie Center
IA 4 at Panora
US 169 near Dallas Center
East end: IA 141 at Grimes
Counties: Harrison, Shelby, Audubon, Guthrie, Dallas, Polk
Major cities: Portsmouth, Harlan, Kimballton, Hamlin, Guthrie Center, Panora, Dallas Center, Grimes
Iowa State Highways
< IA 39 IA 48 >

Iowa Highway 44 is an east–west highway in the central and west-central portions of the state. It parallels Interstate 80 approximately ten miles to the north for most of its route.

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Termini

Highway 44's western terminus is at its junction with U.S. Highway 30 four miles (6 km) northeast of Logan. Its eastern terminus is at an interchange with the Iowa Highway 141 freeway at Grimes.

Route description

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

Highway 44 was designated as part of the 1969 "Great Renumbering" of Iowa's state highways. Its designation created a continuous route number from Portsmouth to Grimes.[2]

Major intersections

County Location Mile[1] Roads intersected Notes
Harrison Logan 0.00 US 30 Western terminus
Shelby Portsmouth 11.57 IA 191 (Railway Street)
Harlan 20.89 US 59
Audubon Kimballton 35.33 IA 173 south (Main Street)
Hamlin 45.21 US 71
Guthrie Guthrie Center 66.46 IA 25 (5th Street)
Panora 74.03 IA 4 north (East 3rd Street)
Dallas Dallas Center 91.62 US 169
97.3 CR R22 to IA 141
Polk Grimes 104.54 IA 141 Eastern terminus

Current status/future plans

A stretch of Highway 44 in Guthrie County was rehabilitated in 2006. A segment near Grimes is scheduled for repaving in 2008. [3]

Notes

  • Highway 44's exit from Highway 141 is signed for Grimes and Saylorville Lake, but Highway 44 doesn't go to the lake. An unsigned Polk County road which continues east from Highway 44 at the interchange does serve the lake, however.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b Iowa Department of Transportation (2001). Primary Road Sufficiency Log. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  2. ^ a b Jason Hancock. "Highway 44". Iowa Highways. http://iowahighways.home.mchsi.com/highways/iowa40-49.html#44a. Retrieved 26 October 2006.  
  3. ^ Iowa Department of Transportation: 2006-2010 Transportation Improvement Plan. Accessed 26 October 2006.
  4. ^ Iowa Highway 44 at Iowa Highway Ends. Accessed 26 October 2006.
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