Iowa Highway 5

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Iowa Highway 5 marker

Iowa Highway 5
Route information
Maintained by Iowa DOT
Length: 103.540 mi[2] (166.631 km)
Existed: January 1, 1969 (1969-01-01)[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: Route 5 near Cincinnati
 
North end: I-35 at West Des Moines
Location
Counties:
Highway system
Iowa 4 US 6

Iowa Highway 5 is a highway in southern Iowa. It is a north–south highway with a length of 105 miles (169 km). It is the northernmost segment of a three-state "Highway 5" also involving Missouri Route 5 and Arkansas Highway 5. Portions of the highway are freeway and expressway. It had previously been designated Iowa Highway 60. The southern terminus of Iowa Highway 5 is at the Missouri border southwest of Cincinnati. Its northern terminus is at Interstate 35 at West Des Moines.

Route description[edit]

Iowa Highway 5 begins at the Missouri border southwest of Cincinnati. It passes through Cincinnati, then turns north to go through Centerville, where it intersects Iowa Highway 2. It continues north through Moravia and intersects U.S. Highway 34 in Albia. Iowa 5 also intersects Iowa Highway 137 in Albia and turns northwest. It goes northwest through Lovilia and Hamilton before intersecting Iowa Highway 92 in Knoxville.

The northern end of Iowa 5 is at Interstate 35 south of West Des Moines

Iowa 5 and Iowa 92 then become a freeway bypass of Knoxville, bypassing Knoxville on its south side, intersecting Iowa Highway 14 on the bypass. After the bypass, Iowa 5 and Iowa 92 become an expressway. Iowa 5 then separates from Iowa 92 near Pleasantville. Iowa 5 then turns north, bypasses Pleasantville, and intersects Iowa Highway 316 northwest of Pleasantville. Iowa 5 continues northwest past Hartford and Carlisle, then intersects U.S. Highway 65. Iowa 5 then goes west as a freeway with U.S. 65 to an interchange with U.S. Highway 69, where U.S. 65 separates in Des Moines. Iowa 5 then continues west as a southeastern freeway bypass of Des Moines, intersecting Iowa Highway 28 at Norwalk and ends in West Des Moines at Interstate 35.

History[edit]

Old Iowa 5 dead ends north of the US 65 bypass

Primary Road 5 was designated in 1920 connecting Sioux City and Dubuque. In 1926, this route was truncated at Fort Dodge and at Le Mars and subsequently extended to Akron in 1929. From 1945 through 1962, when Iowa 5 was again truncated near Aurelia, Iowa 5 overlapped Iowa 3 for 60 miles (97 km).[3] This last section of Iowa 5 is now designated Iowa Highway 7.[1]

The current Iowa 5 was designated on January 1, 1969, along the southern portion Iowa Highway 60. It was renumbered to provide route number continuity with Missouri Route 5.[1] In 1978, a bypass of Knoxville was opened carrying Iowa 5 and Iowa Highway 92 around the southern edge of Knoxville.

In the Des Moines area, Iowa 5 had the same route along Army Post Road from 1969 until 1997, when sections of a southern bypass, completed in 2002, were opened.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Exit[4] Destinations Notes
Appanoose Franklin Township 0.000 0.000 Route 5 south
Centerville 13.624 21.926 Iowa 2 (Maple Street)
Monroe Albia 34.122 54.914 US 34
35.295 56.802 Iowa 137 north
Marion Knoxville 60.290 97.027 60
Iowa 92 east / Iowa 92 Bus. – Oskaloosa
South end of IA 92 overlap
62.242 100.169 62 Iowa 14 – Knoxville, Chariton
64.549 103.882 64
Iowa 92 Bus. east – Knoxville
Pleasant Grove Township 71.348 114.823 Iowa 92 west / CR S45 south North end of IA 92 overlap
Warren Richland Township 78.304 126.018 Iowa 316 north
Polk Allen Township 89.873 144.637 72 US 65 north – Altoona South end of US 65 overlap
Warren Des Moines 92.501 148.866 70 US 65 south / US 69 – Des Moines, Indianola Signed as exits 70A (south) and 70B (north); north end of US 65 overlap
95.387 153.510 96 CR R63 (SW 9th Street)
96.555 155.390 97 CR R57 (Fleur Drive) – Des Moines International Airport
Polk West Des Moines 98.582 158.652 99 Iowa 28 – Norwalk, Martensdale
100.809 162.236 101 Southwest Connector
102.261 164.573 102 South 35th Street, Walnut Woods State Park
103.540 166.631 I-35 – Kansas City, Minneapolis
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hatfield, Richard (November 12, 1968). "Iowa's Highway Route Numbers Revised". Des Moines Tribune. 
  2. ^ a b "2011 Volume of Traffic on the Primary Road System of Iowa" (PDF). Iowa Department of Transportation. January 1, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ Rand McNally & Company (1947). Road and Reference Atlas (Map). 1:1,077,120 (1947 ed.). pp. 42–43.
  4. ^ Iowa Department of Transportation (2011). Transportation Map (Map). http://www.iowadotmaps.com/msp/pdf/current/stmapmain.pdf. Retrieved November 21, 2011.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing