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News and Updates from Sioux Center Citizens for Responsible Growth.

City says highway expansion is still on the table

The N’West Iowa Review reported this past weekend that Sioux Center’s Main Street expansion is still a possibility: City leaders unveiled its [sic] newest five-year capital improvement plan to the Sioux Center City Council on Oct. 10. One of the items on the plan was the controversial road expansion. Join the discussion of this development […]

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DOT commission pulls funding for Highway 75 widening project

WITH YOUR SUPPORT, WE DID IT! From KTIV: A highway widening project in Sioux Center, Iowa is officially off the table. The Iowa Department of Transportation Commission met Tuesday, and pulled the $3.4 million dollars set aside in fiscal year 2015 to widen Highway 75 through Sioux Center. That money will be put into another […]

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Responding to traffic growth, Sioux Falls city planners say bigger roads aren’t the answer

Here’s a good example of transportation planning from Sioux Falls that reflects the current best practices for managing growth, maintaining safety, and accommodating a wide variety of people and modes of transport. From the Argus Leader: As the Sioux Falls metropolitan area expands toward 250,000 people, and traffic becomes more troublesome, planners say more and […]

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CRG presents case against expansion to DOT Commissioners

This morning, representatives of Sioux Center Citizens For Responsible Growth asked a panel of Iowa Department of Transportation Commissioners to withdraw the DOT’s share of funding for a $6.7 million Highway 75 expansion through the heart of Sioux Center. The expansion was funded in the DOT’s 2013-2017 plan. The CRG traveled to attend the public […]

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KCAU TV coverage of the community meeting

Sioux City’s KCAU TV (Channel 9) did a great story on the big community meeting turnout that has shut down the city council’s expansion plans…for now.  Some memorable quotes: It’s a strip of the highway that’s been undergoing makeovers for decades. First it was 2 lanes, then 4, now it’s down to 3 lanes. But there […]

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Citizens’ “whirlwind campaign” makes voices heard, surprises DOT

The Sioux City Journal has covered the story of how “more than 400″ Sioux Center residents mobilized to halt the Main Ave. expansion, albeit temporarily. People now know that their voice does matter. Within the first two days, we had over 400 petitions returned to us.” –Rachel Hoogeveen, chair of Citizens for Responsible Growth The SCJ […]

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We’d still like to ask these questions…

Here is the flier we prepared and handed out at tonight’s public meeting. Unfortunately, the city did not take any comments from the approximately 400 citizens in attendance who showed up to make their voices heard. Nevertheless YOUR PRESENCE was a strong statement! THANK YOU! It is inspiring to see democracy in action. At the […]

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Top Highway Safety Expert Says Lane Expansion “Will Increase Both the Number and Severity of Crashes on US-75.”

The following information was provided to Sioux Center Citizens for Responsible Growth by Tom Welch, an internationally recognized safety expert who was the head safety engineer of the Iowa DOT and the project manager on the nationally acclaimed “road diet” for Sioux Center, when Sioux Center reduced Main Street from 4 lanes to 3, reducing […]

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