Floyd, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Transportation released the design of the new interchange at Floyd with a public meeting Tuesday night.
Long-time Floyd resident Myrna Jakoubek says she’s relieved there’s a solution.
DOT plans call for a $20.6 million interchange, with Highway 218 going over T44. Off ramps will extend in all directions with a loop on the northeast corner.
Field Services Coordinator for the IDOT Pete Hjelmstad says construction will begin in 2021 and be complete in 2023.
He says data gathered by the DOT shows there have been three deaths since the interchange opened and traffic is expected to double.
During construction, traffic will use part of the highway.
Floyd County Engineer Dusty Rolando helped spur a solution to the deadly stretch of roadway.
He says the designs will make the road safer in all directions.
Rolando added most of the county roads near the interchange will be unaffected.
DOT officials say the interchange will be paid for by a combination of state and federal funding.