Iowa Highway 38

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Iowa Highway 38 marker

Iowa Highway 38
Route information
Maintained by Iowa DOT
Length: 98.941 mi[2] (159.230 km)
Existed: 1920[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: Iowa 92 / Great River Road in Muscatine
 
North end: Iowa 3 near Greeley
Location
Counties: Muscatine, Cedar, Jones, Delaware
Highway system
Iowa 37 Iowa 39

Iowa Highway 38 is a 98-mile-long (158 km) state highway that runs through eastern Iowa. Iowa 38 begins at Iowa Highway 92 in Muscatine and ends at Iowa Highway 3 near Greeley.

Route description[edit]

Iowa 38 begins in Muscatine at an intersection with Iowa 92 at the foot of the Norbert F. Beckey Bridge. Southwest of the junction, U.S. Highway 61 Business (US 61 Business) and Iowa 92 head into the downtown and riverfront areas, while northeast of the junction, US 61 Business and Iowa 38 run together through a residential area. Shortly thereafter, Iowa 22 joins the two routes from the east. The intersection with U.S. Highway 61 (US 61) in northern Muscatine marks the end of US 61 Bus. Iowa 22 turns to the west along southbound US 61.[3]

From Muscatine, Iowa 38 continues north eight miles (13 km) to the southern intersection with US 6 south of Wilton. Just north of Wilton, US 6 / Iowa 38 cross into Cedar County. Shortly thereafter, they intersect Interstate 80 (I-80) and split in opposite directions; US 6 splits to the east and Iowa 38 to the west. Iowa 38 overlaps I-80 from exit 267 to exit 271. From I-80, the highway continues north towards Tipton where it meets the western end of Iowa 130. North of Tipton, Iowa 38 overlaps US 30 for one mile (1.6 km), ending in Stanwood where Iowa 38 continues north.

Iowa 38 enters Jones County south of Olin and crosses the Wapsipinicon River on Olin's northern edge. Four miles (6.4 km) later, Iowa 38 intersects Iowa 64, which Iowa 38 overlaps for two miles (3.2 km) before heading north towards Monticello passing through Center Junction and Scotch Grove. Next to the Monticello Regional Airport, Iowa 38 meets US 151. Three-quarters mile (1.2 km) later, Iowa 38 meets and overlaps the former alignment of US 151, now US 151 Business. At First Street, it leaves US 151 Bus to the west for a few blocks before turning north again towards Hopkinton and crossing the Maquoketa River.

Just north of Sand Springs, Iowa 38 intersects County Road X47 (CR X47), which is a cutoff to eastbound US 20. From Hopkinton to Delhi, the highway is roughly parallel to the Maquoketa River. At Delaware, Iowa 38 intersects US 20. Iowa 38 briefly overlaps US 20's former routing, now CR D22, north of Delaware. Iowa 38 continues north through Greeley and ends three miles (4.8 km) north of Greeley at Iowa 3.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Muscatine Muscatine 0.000 0.000
US 61 Bus. / Iowa 92 west (2nd Street) / Great River Road
Iowa 92 east – Illinois
0.717 1.154 Iowa 22 / Great River Road east (Washington Street) – Buffalo, Davenport Southern end of Iowa 22 overlap
1.985 3.195 US 61 / Iowa 22 west – Blue Grass, Wapello End of US 61 Business; northern end of Iowa 22 overlap
Wilton 9.851 15.854 US 6 west – West Liberty Southern end of US 6 overlap
Cedar 14.753 23.743 I-80 east (Exit 271) / US 6 east – Davenport Northern end of US 6 overlap; southern end of I-80 overlap
Rochester Township 18.892 30.404 I-80 west (Exit 267) – Des Moines Northern end of I-80 overlap
Tipton 28.169 45.334 Iowa 130 east (7th Street) – Bennett
Stanwood 36.271 58.373 US 30 east – De Witt Southern end of US 30 overlap
37.287 60.008 US 30 west (Front Street) – Mechanicsville, Cedar Rapids Northern end of US 30 overlap
Jones Center Junction 50.046 80.541 Iowa 64 west – Anamosa Southern end of Iowa 64 overlap
52.053 83.771 Iowa 64 east – Wyoming Northern end of Iowa 64 overlap
Monticello 65.030 104.656 US 151 – Cedar Rapids, Dubuque
65.820 105.927
US 151 Bus. south (Main Street)
Southern end of US 151 Business overlap
66.098 106.374
US 151 Bus. north (Main Street)
Northern end of US 151 Business overlap
Delaware Delaware 87.387 140.636 US 20 – Waterloo, Dubuque
Edgewood 98.941 159.230 Iowa 3 – Edgewood, Colesburg
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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