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U.S. Route 218
Length: 319 mi[1] (513 km)
Iowa:272 mi (438 km)
Minnesota:47 mi (76 km)
Formed: 1926[2]
South end: US 136 at Keokuk, IA
Major
junctions:
US 34 at Mount Pleasant, IA

I-80 / I-380 at Coralville, IA
I-380 / US 30 / US 151 in Cedar Rapids, IA
I-380 / US 20 at Waterloo, IA
US 18 at Floyd, IA
I-90 at Austin, MN

North end: I-35 / US 14 at Owatonna, MN
United States Numbered Highways
< IA 212 IA IA 220 >
< MN 217 MN MN 219 >
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U.S. Route 218 is an original United States Highway, created in 1926. Although technically a spur of U.S. Route 18, US 218 neither begins nor ends at US 18, but overlaps US 18 for 8 miles (13 km) near Charles City, Iowa. US 218 begins at U.S. Route 136 in downtown Keokuk and ends 319 miles (513 km) away at Interstate 35 and U.S. Route 14 at Owatonna, Minnesota. A large portion of US 218 in Iowa is part of the Avenue of the Saints, which connects St. Louis, Missouri, and St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Iowa

U.S. 218 is part of the Avenue of the Saints between Floyd and Cedar Falls, and again between Cedar Rapids and a point south of Donnellson. North of Mount Pleasant, the parts of US 218 that follow the Avenue have been completely upgraded to four lanes, with either at-grade intersections or controlled access. When 218 is part of the Avenue of the Saints, it is co-signed with Iowa Highway 27.

Minnesota

In Mower County, Minnesota, US 218 passes through Lyle, Austin, and Lansing Township. While in Austin, U.S. 218 overlaps with Interstate 90. In Steele County, US 218 passes through Blooming Prairie, Bixby, Pratt, and Owatonna.[3]

Legally, the Minnesota section of U.S. 218 is defined as Route 40 in Minnesota Statutes § 161.114(2).[4]

History

In 1913, work on the road that is now U.S. 218 was begun. At this time it was called the Red Ball Route. It was called this because the original route was marked with poles which had red balls, six inches in diameter, mounted on each side. In 1920, the Minnesota portion of the route was designated as Constitutional Route 40, as part of the Babcock Amendment that established the Minnesota trunk highway system.

In Iowa, U.S. 218 was extended from its previous southern terminus, at its intersection with U.S. 30 in Benton County, in 1934 when U.S. Route 161 was split and renamed. The former U.S. 161 had extended from Dubuque, through Cedar Rapids, to Keokuk. After the split, the section of former U.S. 161 from Dubuque to Cedar Rapids extended U.S. 151 south, and the section of U.S. 30 from the former terminus of U.S. 218 to its intersection with the former U.S. 161 in Cedar Rapids, along with the section of former U.S. 161 from Cedar Rapids to Keokuk, extended U.S. 218 south.

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U.S. Route 218 Business   
Serves: Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Existed: 2003–present  
U.S. Route 218 Business was designated along a former routing of US 218 through Mount Pleasant, the northernmost 0.7 miles (1.1 km) are officially known as Iowa Highway 438. The routing was created as a result of construction of the Avenue of the Saints corridor through Iowa[5]. The new Avenue of the Saints corridor took US 218 / IA 27 and U.S. Route 34 around the eastern and northern edges of Mount Pleasant. The Iowa 438 section of US 218 Business serves as a connector from southbound US 218/IA 27 to westbound US 34.

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U.S. Route 218 Business — 6.6 miles (10.6 km)[6]
Serves: Waverly, Iowa
Existed: 2 December 1998–present  
U.S. Route 218 Business was designated December 2, 1998 on the old segment of US 218 after it was routed around Waverly, spanning 6.6 miles (10.6 km). It intersects Iowa Highway 3 in downtown Waverly and runs concurrently for about one mile[6]. South of Iowa Highway 3, U.S. Route 218 Business is officially known as Iowa Highway 116. [7] U.S. Route 218 Business begins at exit 198 of US 218 / IA 27 south of Waverly and ends at exit 205 of US 218 / IA 27.

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U.S. Route 218 Business   
Serves: Charles City, Iowa
Existed: 2000–present  
U.S. Route 218 Business was designated along the old alignment of US 218 in 2000 after the construction of the Avenue of the Saints corridor created a bypass around Charles City. Upon its designation, the route was officially known by two Iowa state highways – Iowa Highway 337 and Iowa Highway 162. Iowa 337 was deleted in 2001 and Iowa 162 was deleted in 2006 after US 18 was relocated through Charles City.
Browse numbered routes
< IA 415 IA 438 IA 922 >
< IA 110 IA 116 IA 117 >

References

  1. ^ "United States Numbered Highways". AASHTO. 1989 Edition. http://cms.transportation.org/?siteid=68&pageid=1760. Retrieved 24 December 2009.  
  2. ^ US Highways.com
  3. ^ Riner, Steve. "Minnesota's Constitutional Routes". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. http://www.steve-riner.com/mnhighways/conrtes.htm. Retrieved 1 June 2006.  
  4. ^ Minnesota Codified Laws
  5. ^ Hancock, Jason (30 August 2009). "Iowa Highways: 400 to 478". The Iowa Highways Page. http://iowahighways.home.mchsi.com/highways/iowa400-475.html#438. Retrieved 17 March 2009.  
  6. ^ a b Google, Inc. Google Maps [map]. Cartography by Tele Atlas.
  7. ^ Hancock, Jason (21 February 2007). "Iowa Highways: 100 to 119". The Iowa Highways Page. http://iowahighways.home.mchsi.com/highways/iowa100-119.html#116.  

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