Iowa Highway 141

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Iowa Highway 141 marker

Iowa Highway 141
Route information
Maintained by Iowa DOT
Length: 155.362 mi[1] (250.031 km)
Existed: October 16, 1926 [2] – present
Major junctions
West end: I-29 / CR K42 at Sloan
 
East end: I-35 / I-80 at Urbandale
Location
Counties:
Highway system
Iowa 140 Iowa 143

Iowa Highway 141 is a major east–west highway in the western and central portions of the state. It is the most direct link between Sioux City and Des Moines. It also serves as a freeway link between Des Moines and the outlying communities of Perry, Granger, and Grimes. Iowa 141's western terminus is near Sloan at its junction with Interstate 29. Its eastern terminus is via an interchange with Interstates 35 and 80 on the northwestern corner of the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale.

Route description[edit]

Iowa Highway 141 begins at Interstate 29 just west of Sloan. It goes east through Sloan and Hornick before meeting Iowa Highway 31 in Smithland. It then turns southeast and at Mapleton meets Iowa Highway 175, with which it forms a wrong-way concurrency, as eastbound Iowa 141 goes the same direction as westbound Iowa 175. They separate and Iowa 141 continues southeast before going south into Ute, where it meets Iowa Highway 183. At Ute, it turns east and passes through Charter Oak before meeting U.S. 59 northwest of Denison. While in Denison, it meets Iowa Highway 39 and has another wrong-way concurrency with westbound U.S. 30. South of Denison, U.S. 59 and Iowa 141 separate.

Photo
Looking south at Iowa 141 from the Iowa 415 exit

Iowa 141 turns east and passes through Aspinwall and Manning before meeting U.S. 71 south of Templeton. Iowa 141 and U.S. 71 run concurrent for 3 miles (4.8 km) before separating west of Dedham. It continues east, bypasses Dedham and turns southeast briefly before going east to go through Coon Rapids After another brief southeasterly turn, it goes east and passes through Bayard, where it meets Iowa Highway 25. They run together for 3 miles (4.8 km), then separate. After passing through Bagley, Iowa 141 meets Iowa Highway 4, with which it briefly runs concurrent. After passing south of Jamaica and Dawson, it meets Iowa Highway 144 in Perry and the highway turns into an expressway, which it will be for the rest of its length.

After passing through Perry, Iowa 141 continues east and meets U.S. 169 near Bouton. Near Woodward, it meets Iowa Highway 210 and turns southeast to go towards the Des Moines area. At Granger, it meets Iowa Highway 17 and shortly thereafter meets Iowa Highway 415, where it then turns south. It then passes through Grimes and meets Iowa Highway 44. It then enters Urbandale and quickly ends at an interchange with Interstate 35 and Interstate 80.

History[edit]

Iowa Highway 141 originally ran from Sioux City to Denison but was extended to the Des Moines area in 1941. In 1961, the highway was realigned so that it no longer entered Sioux City. The new segment went west from Smithland to Sloan, while the original segment from Smithland to Sioux City was designated (though not signed) as Iowa Highway 982. Between 1975 and 1977, Iowa Highway 141 was upgraded to a freeway between Perry and Interstates 35 and 80.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Woodbury Sloan Township 0.000 0.000 I-29 (Exit 127) / CR K42
Smithland 16.276 26.194 Iowa 31 north (North Hickory Street)
Monona Mapleton 24.503 39.434 Iowa 175 east West end of Iowa 175 overlap
25.104 40.401 Iowa 175 west (Front Street) East end of Iowa 175 overlap
Ute 35.975 57.896 Iowa 183 south (Monona Avenue)
Crawford GoodrichDenison
township line
52.755 84.901 US 59 north West end of US 59 overlap
Denison 54.701 88.033 Iowa 39 north
55.358 89.090 US 30 east (4th Street) West end of US 30 overlap
55.890 89.946 US 30 west East end of US 30 overlap
Washington Township 62.983 101.361 US 59 south East end of US 59 overlap
Carroll Eden Township 83.947 135.100 US 71 south West end of US 71 overlap
86.939 139.915 US 71 north East end of US 71 overlap
Guthrie Bayard 105.213 169.324 Iowa 25 north West end of Iowa 25 overlap
Dodge Township 108.225 174.171 Iowa 25 south East end of Iowa 25 overlap
Richland Township 114.728 184.637 Iowa 4 north West end of Iowa 4 overlap
115.174 185.355 Iowa 4 south East end of Iowa 4 overlap
Dallas Perry 128.864 207.387 Iowa 144 north
Beaver Township 132.947 213.957 US 169
Woodward 138.947 223.614 Iowa 210 east
Des Moines Township 140.174 225.588 CR R22 to Iowa 44
DallasPolk
county line
Granger 146.815 236.276 Iowa 17 north
Polk Jefferson Township 148.977 239.755 Iowa 415 south
Grimes 152.500 245.425 Iowa 44 west
Urbandale 155.362 250.031 I-35 / I-80 (Exit 127)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Notes[edit]

  • While Highway 141 is the shortest and most direct route between Sioux City and Des Moines, it is not necessarily the fastest. Traveling via Interstates 29, 680, and 80 is approximately nine miles further, but it is possible to travel at higher speeds on the Interstates.

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2009 Volume of Traffic on the Primary Road System of Iowa" (PDF). Iowa Department of Transportation. January 1, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Iowa Highways Page: Highway 141. Accessed 25 October 2006.