Iowa Transportation History Quiz Part I

Janesville Bridge over the Cedar River at the Bremer/ Black Hawk County border in Iowa. Photo taken in September 2010

In the run-up to the fifth annual Historic Bridge Weekend taking place next weekend beginning Friday the 9th in Preston, Minnesota, the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles is providing readers with a pair of quizzes pertaining to Iowa’s transportation history, designed to expand their knowledge of transportation. The first of two parts is a multiple choice quiz dealing with transportation achievements in Iowa. Answers will be given on 28 August here in the Chronicles, or if you want to find out earlier, check out the Historic Bridge Weekend for more details. Good luck! :-)

How many Interstate Highways pass through Iowa after 1985?
3
5
7
8

When was the No Passing Zone sign, now a common site on America’s highways, first introduced in Iowa?
1954
1958
1960
1963

Which of the two highways that meet in Iowa were named after US Presidents?
Washington and Jefferson
Lincoln and Roosevelt
Lincoln and Jefferson -
Lincoln and Reagan

Which of the highways in Iowa was the oldest?
Lincoln Highway
Jefferson Highway
Avenue of the Saints
Blue Grass Road

Which city had the oldest concrete street in the state (and second oldest in the US)
Bellefountain
Decorah
Mt. Pleasant
LeMars

The Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were the first to invent the power driven airplane plane and made their first flight in Kitty Hawk in 1903. Their parents originated from which Iowa community?
Cedar Rapids
Keokuk
Spirit Lake
Mt. Vernon

The Rules of the Road program, first introduced in 1904, was amended to include the minimum driving age. When could a person start driving at that time?
14
15
16
17

The first 24-hour Truck Permit center in the country was established by the Iowa DOT in which year?
1976
1995
2001
2013

At the same time as the answer to nr. 8, Iowa DOT became the first in the country to develop what concept?
Developing logo signing
Producing fast-track paving
Recycle concrete
Curb removal

Iowa’s interurban railroads, featuring electrified trolleys existed between 1920 and 1970. How many lines existed during that era?
5
8
13
20

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