Iowa Highway 22

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Iowa Highway 22 marker

Iowa Highway 22
Route information
Maintained by Iowa DOT
Length: 97.905 mi[1] (157.563 km)
Major junctions
West end: Iowa 21 in Thornburg
 
East end:
US 61 Bus. / Great River Road in Davenport
Location
Counties: Keokuk, Washington, Johnson, Muscatine, Scott
Highway system
Iowa 21 Iowa 23

Iowa Highway 22 (Iowa 22) is a 98-mile (158 km) west–east state highway that traverses primarily rural areas in east-central Iowa. The highway begins near Thornburg at an intersection with Iowa Highway 21 and ends in southwestern Davenport, at U.S. Highway 61 Business.

Route description[edit]

Iowa Highway 22 begins west of Thornburg at Iowa Highway 21. It continues east through Keswick and Webster. Between Webster and South English, Iowa 22 is overlapped with Iowa Highway 149. It continues east from South English through Kinross and Wellman before intersecting Iowa Highway 1 at Kalona. It proceeds east from Kalona to go through Riverside and then intersects U.S. Highway 218 and Iowa Highway 27. After crossing the Iowa River, it goes through Nichols, where a short overlap with Iowa Highway 70 begins. It then continues eastward and intersects U.S. Highway 61 at Muscatine. It goes around the west and north city limits of Muscatine before intersecting Iowa Highway 38 and Business US 61 and turns south into Muscatine. It then turns east along a route next to the Mississippi River and passes through Buffalo before intersecting Interstate 280 at Davenport. It then turns north to end at U.S. 61.

To locals, Iowa Highway 22 is most notable as one of two main highways connecting Muscatine and Davenport (U.S. Highway 61 being the other). This 24-mile (39 km) eastern section of highway follows the Mississippi River.

The segment of the highway between Muscatine and Davenport is part of the Great River Road.

History[edit]

Iowa Highway 22 was designated in 1926, and followed what is now U.S. Highway 61 between Muscatine and Davenport, passing through Blue Grass; U.S. 61 followed the Mississippi River route at the time. The highway was extended to Thornburg in 1931.

For years, several sections of Iowa Highway 22 was either gravel or had a bituminous surface. One of these sections - the section between Muscatine and Blue Grass - was paved in 1957, the same year U.S. 61 and Iowa Highway 22 switched routes; U.S. 61 now went through Blue Grass, while Iowa Highway 22 now followed the Mississippi River through Buffalo.

The last segment - between U.S. Highway 218 east of Riverside to Iowa Highway 405 north of Lone Tree, was upgraded from bituminous to paved in 1988.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Keokuk Prairie Township 0.000 0.000 Iowa 21
Webster 10.644 17.130 Iowa 149 south West end of Iowa 149 overlap
South English 14.990 24.124 Iowa 149 north (Davis Street) East end of Iowa 149 overlap
Washington Kalona 35.215 56.673 Iowa 1 (1st Street)
Riverside 44.124 71.011
US 218 / Iowa 27
Johnson
No major junctions
Muscatine Nichols 57.284 92.190 Iowa 70 south (Main Street) West end of Iowa 70 overlap
Pike Township 60.171 96.836 Iowa 70 north East end of Iowa 70 overlap
Bloomington Township 69.520 111.882 US 61 south West end of US 61 overlap
Muscatine 73.546 118.361
US 61 north / US 61 Bus. / Iowa 38 north (Park Avenue)
East end of US 61 overlap; west end of US 61 Bus. / Iowa 38 overlap
74.814 120.401
US 61 Bus. south / Iowa 38 south / Great River Road south (Park Avenue)
East end of US 61 Bus. / Iowa 38 overlap
Scott Davenport 96.815 155.809 I-280
97.905 157.563
US 61 Bus. (River Drive) / Great River Road north
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing