[UPDATED 4/17 11 a.m.] A lengthy improvement project to County Home Road begins on Monday, April 27. It was originally slated to begin on April 6, before now being delayed by a week three different times. Getting to the completion is going to result in inconvenience for many Linn County drivers over the next 17 months.

The construction will cover County Home Road from North Center Point Road to the bridge a half-mile west of Highway 13. Work begins with the closure of County Home Road for work on Phases 2 and 3 (in green and purple below). Phase 1 (in orange below) is expected to begin in September of 2020.

Linn County Secondary Road Department

The construction will consist of concrete paving and the addition of right and left-turn lanes at every intersection. Single-lane roundabouts are also being added at the C Avenue Extension and Alburnett Road intersections. Each roundabout will be designed to handle farm equipment and large trucks.

During the construction, only local traffic will be allowed on County Home Road. Traffic can cross County Home Road at any of the intersections that are not under construction at a given time. As long as there's no fresh concrete, local traffic will be able to access their properties.

A detour will be in effect for all other County Home Road traffic throughout the project. The detour is shown in the graphic above (in red). Here are the specifics:

  • Eastbound traffic will be detoured on I-380 South to Highway 100 East to Highway 13 North to County Home Road.
  • Westbound traffic will be detoured on Highway 13 South to Highway 100 West to I-380 North to County Home Road.

Horsfield Construction of Epworth, Iowa is responsible for the nearly $8 million project. The contract calls for 240 working days to complete the upgrades. It's expected to be finished in August of 2021.

You can learn more about the County Home Road improvement project HERE.