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DUBUQUE METROPOLITAN AREA TRANSPORTATION STUDY. In 1962 Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) were created by Congress through the Federal Aid Highway Act. The Federal law required that a MPO be designated for each urban area with a population of 50,000 or more and that transportation projects be supported and coordinated with long range plans. MPOs were created to carry out the planning process with the cooperation of the states and local jurisdictions. The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Transportation Study is a tri-state Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) located at the boundary intersections of the states of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.

At the start of the 1970s, many residents of Dubuque were aware of the city's transportation problems. One of the major problems was the poor connections between the regional highways and streets serving the city. The truck route through Dubuque required products of the JOHN DEERE DUBUQUE WORKS to be carried south down Central Avenue and past the DUBUQUE COUNTY COURTHOUSE where a difficult right-angle turn had to be made to go west. Trucks had to negotiate another right-angle turn to reach Locust Street which allowed the material to reach Dodge, then a two-lane road. Another right-angle turn into traffic either allowed the truck to turn left toward the JULIEN DUBUQUE BRIDGE or continue west through many stoplights on its way west out of the city.

FLEXSTEEL INDUSTRIES, INC. placed an advertisement in the TELEGRAPH HERALD on September 10, 1972 stating that Dubque was the only major Iowa city with no four-lane hookups to the national's interstate highway system."

The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Transportation Study was the first of several major studies done around 1970. The Study analyzed future traffic needs based on estimated traffic in 1990. The study outlined which roads needed improvement and where new STREETS should be constructed. The priorities included:

1) a northwest expressway that would bypass Dubuque by linking U.S. 20 with U.S. 52.

2) widening U.S. 20 (Dodge Street) to increase its capacity and traffic flow,

3) extending the proposed freeway 520 eastward with a bridge across the MISSISSIPPI RIVER south of Dubuque and building the 562 highway through downtown Dubuque which would include another new bridge at CITY ISLAND and an expressway northward up the Couler Valley along U.S. 52.



Dubuque Metropolitan Area Transportation Study and Regional Planning Facility 8. http://eciatrans.org/

Metropolitan Planning Organizations, http://www.ilarconline.org/news/3-2.php

"The 70s/The 80s," Telegraph Herald, July 7, 1980