Road construction planned for Highway 9

Jason Hommes | Staff Writer

One of the downsides of summer — especially after a really long winter — is that the summer season can also be synonymous with road construction season. Luckily, with Lyon County being a fairly rural area, residents don’t have to worry about a lot of big road construction projects all that often. However, one project is planned for later this summer on Highway 9 between Rock Rapids and Little Rock.

According to Iowa Department of Transportation planner, Dakin Schultz, the stretch of Highway 9 that will be under construction is the part from the eastern edge of Rock Rapids to just east of County Road L26, which runs south out of Little Rock. “It will be a micro-surfacing project with some guardrail and expansion joint work,” explained Schultz. “It has a late start date of July 9 and will be 50 working days, which will be approximately just over two months, as far as the timeframe goes.”

Schultz said the contract for the project is $1.086 million. Fort Dodge Asphalt Co. received the bid for the project. Schultz added that commuters can expect at least one pilot car at most times, but that it will depend on how the contractor wants to develop the project. There will be no official detours and no closures of the road; it will simply be a one-lane road for about two months, and commuters will need to be patient while waiting on the pilot cars.

The Iowa DOT advises travelers to allow extra time for travel and to be mindful of road construction workers. And again, while there will be no official detour, anyone who travels frequently between Rock Rapids and Little Rock is certainly more than welcome to consider an alternate route. 

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