Farm-to-market roads discussed by Supes

OSKALOOSA – Mahaska County Supervisors Mark Groenendyk, Steven Wanders and Steve Parker met with county engineer Andy McGuire regarding proposed changes to county road 220th Street, northwest of Oskaloosa. The changes proposed by the cities of Pella and Oskaloosa are part of a plan to erect a regional airport.

Farm-to-market roads are part of a county system developed more than 125 years ago, and necessary changes have been allowed many times in Mahaska County.

“Back in the late 1800s, as Iowa continued to improve their roads, there was a push to establish a system where those that use the road system wouldn’t have to travel a great distance to find a road with a higher functional classification, or a better road, if you will,” said McGuire. “The idea at that time was to establish a 3-by-3 mile grid system to where the furthest distance that one would have to travel to find one of these higher-type service roads would be a mile and a half.”

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