$3.5B Worth of Statewide Construction Approved

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Drivers should get ready to see a lot of road construction across the state in the coming years.

The Iowa Transportation Commission approved a five-year plan Tuesday worth $3.5 billion, which gives hundreds of projects the green light to start next year.

Iowans who regularly drive on I-35 are taking notice.

“Obviously, when you're headed to work and you might be in a crunch, it can be a little bit of an annoyance. I usually try to take a different route. So for me living in Bondurant, I probably would take the other route even though I prefer this one. I try to avoid the construction zone as much as possible,” said driver Leslie Rogers.

Even though projects such as the one to expand a section of I-35 in Ankeny will create construction zones for years, drivers like Rogers say that they understand why.

“I don't consider it something that shouldn't be done, especially in Ankeny because it's such a growing place. My husband and I driving through saying that Ankeny really needs to do some improvements because there's going to be so much traffic on the main drag,” Rogers said.

The expansion will be between Oralabor Road and North East 36th Street. It will turn that section of road from two lanes to three and will cost $51 million.

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