Mahaska/Oskaloosa Driving Economic Success (MODES)

Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study

Study Overview:

The City of Oskaloosa and Mahaska County are conducting a Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) study and a streamlined Environmental Assessment (EA) for a new roadway that will provide improved regional and local access in rural East Central Iowa.

The planning effort includes the evaluation of one or more roadway options to the southeast and northeast of the City of Oskaloosa. The new linkage will look to:

  • Improve regional access to better accommodate freight needs

  • Spur additional economic development in the existing Industrial Park

  • Improve quality of life for the residents of Oskaloosa by relocating heavy freight movement out of residential areas

  • Increase opportunities for areas of persistent poverty

  • Expand the agricultural production of East Central Iowa.

How To Stay Involved:

The planning process will provide a range of opportunities to keep the public, stakeholders, and property owners informed on the progress of PEL and NEPA Studies. Visit the “Public Engagement” tab to sign-up for study updates, learn more about out upcoming engagement opportunities and to review past meeting materials.

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