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DOT sets 5 year plan

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DES MOINES (KWWL) - The Iowa Department of Transportation has proposed a plan to spend $2.3 billion on hundreds of highway projects statewide over the next five years.

More than $1.2 billion would be spent on safety, maintenance and preservation work. The rest would be targeted for projects aimed at increasing the traffic capacity of the state's highway system and on corridors aimed at spurring economic development.

The Iowa Transportation Commission is scheduled to give final approval at its June 8 meeting in Fort Madison.

The plan includes $110 million to widen Interstate 35 in West Des Moines from four to six lanes. Other projects are completion of a four-lane bypass around Fort Madison on U.S. Highway 61 and continuing to widen U.S. Highway 20 to four lanes in western Iowa.

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