Draft:U.S. Route 61 in Iowa

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U.S. Highway 61 marker

U.S. Highway 61
Route information
Maintained by Iowa DOT
Length: 192.643 mi[2] (310.029 km)
Existed: July 1, 1926 (1926-07-01)[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 61 / US 136 south of Keokuk
 
North end: US 61 / US 151 at Dubuque
Location
Counties: Lee, Des Moines, Louisa, Muscatine, Scott, Clinton, Jackson, Dubuque
Highway system
Iowa 60 Iowa 62

U.S. Route 61 (US 61) is the portion of a north-south freeway that begins at the Missouri state line in Keokuk and ends at the Wisconsin state line in Dubuque.

Route description[edit]

US 61 and US 136 begin their courses in Iowa on a bridge over the Des Moines River southwest of Keokuk. Once on land, the highway turns towards the east and US 61 splits away to the north along a bypass. U.S. Route 61 Business (US 61 Business) continues east with US 136. The bypass ends at US 218, which is also the northern end of the business route. From there, the two routes head north together along a four-lane divided highway and past Keokuk's airport. Near Montrose, US 218 exits the highway and heads northwest towards Donnellson. Between Montose and Fort Madison, the road runs along the western bank of the Mississippi River. The Nauvoo Illinois Temple, which sits atop a hill across the river in Nauvoo, Illinois, can be seen from US 61.[3] As the highway nears Fort Madison, it moves away from the river in order to bypass the city.

Four interchanges provide access to Fort Madison from the west and north. Iowa 2, which ends at US 61, and US 61 Business, which begins here, is the first interchange on the western side of the city. The County Road J40 (CR J40) interchange connects to both downtown Fort Madison to the south and West Point to the northwest. Exits for CR X32 and the back side of US 61 Business, which provide access to the municipal airport and Iowa State Penitentiary, respectively, complete Fort Madison's grade-separated junctions. Shortly thereafter, the highway turns to the northeast and passes by Wever, where it meets the eastern end of Iowa 16 and crosses the Skunk River. The road then turns north and enters the Burlington area.

US 61 then curves over to the east, bypassing Blue Grass before reaching Davenport and forming a concurrency with I-280 north to I-80. After following I-80 east for roughly 5.2 miles (8.4 km), US 61 splits off north to Eldridge and becomes a four-lane freeway.

  • Eldridge to Dubuque

History[edit]

  • Mini lead
  • Auto trails
    • Mississippi Valley Highway/Burlington Way from Davenport to Dubuque
  • Primary roads
    • Primary Road No. 20 (which continued on toward Decorah (see US 52)
    • Significant overlaps with No. 3 and No. 2]
  • U.S. Highway
    • Replaces No. 20 from Keokuk to Dubuque
    • Southern end with US 161
    • Realignments
      • Switch with Iowa 22
      • Straightened north of Maquoketa
      • Freeway north of Quad Cities
      • Eagle Point Bridge (temporarily rerouted into Wisconsin)
      • Muscatine bypass
      • Dubuque freeway
      • Four lanes DeWitt and Dubuque
      • Davenport bypass
      • Fort Madison bypass

Prior to 1958, US 61 followed the route now known as Iowa 22 between Davenport and Muscatine. US 61 was then rerouted onto the old Iowa 22 which passed through Blue Grass.

Starting in the early 1980s, US 61 between Davenport and Dubuque was rebuilt as a four-lane highway. The first link, a 19-mile (31 km) stretch between Davenport and De Witt, was finished in 1982; a bypass around De Witt, which overlapped US 30, was in use starting in November 1975. Subsequent links were completed to Maquoketa (in 1996) and finally to Dubuque in 1999. When the final link was completed, Dubuque finally had a direct four-lane connection to Interstate 80.

In 1983, two multi-lane one-way routes were designated through Davenport starting at the northern city limits. Southbound traffic used the newly constructed Welcome Way until it merges with Harrison Street just north of 35th Street; northbound traffic use Brady Street (which had been a two-way, four-lane street). Other two-way stretches of the highway through Davenport have four (or more) lanes. In 2010, in large part due to a railroad bridge with a low clearance in downtown Davenport, US 61 through Davenport was moved to Interstates 80 and 280, with signing taking place in the fall of 2011; the highway through Davenport was redesignated as "US 61 Business."

A 7.5-mile (12.1 km) bypass around Muscatine was opened in 1984, but other upgrades on the stretch south of Davenport would not happen for another decade. The changes came as follows:

  • 1996 – The completion of a 4-mile (6.4 km), four-lane stretch between Blue Grass and I-280 in Davenport.
  • November 2000 — A 14-mile (23 km) stretch between Blue Grass and the Muscatine bypass was opened.
  • May 2001 — A 3-mile (4.8 km) bypass around Blue Grass.
  • July 2002 — A 7 12-mile (12.1 km) stretch, from the Muscatine bypass to the southern tip of Muscatine County, just north of Letts.

The final stretch completed a continuous multi-laned link between Dickeyville, Wisconsin south to Letts.

Future[edit]

US 61 is expected to be widened to four lanes throughout Des Moines.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[2] km Exit Destinations Notes
Des Moines River 0.000 0.000 US 61 south / US 136 west / Great River Road south – Canton, Wayland Continuation into Missouri
MissouriIowa state line
Lee Keokuk 0.547 0.880 US 136 east – Keokuk Northern end of US 136 overlap
3.811 6.133 US 218 south – Keokuk Southern end of US 218 overlap
Montrose Township 9.463 15.229 US 218 north – Mount Pleasant Northern end of US 218 overlap
Jefferson Township 18.178 29.255 18
US 61 Business north / Iowa 2 west – Donnellson, Fort Madison
Washington Township 22.140 35.631 22 CR J40 – West Point, Fort Madison
23.794 38.293 24 CR X32 – Fort Madison
26.673 42.926 27
US 61 Business south – Fort Madison
Green Township 31.362 50.472 Iowa 16 west to US 218
Des Moines Burlington 40.384 64.992 US 34 / Iowa 163 – Illinois, Mount Pleasant
Louisa Wapello Township 59.676 96.039 Iowa 78 west – Morning Sun
Grandview 72.980 117.450 Iowa 92 west – Grandview, Columbus Junction Southern end of Iowa 92 overlap
Muscatine Muscatine 84.570 136.102
US 61 Business north / Great River Road north
87.694 141.130 Iowa 22 west – Nichols Southern end of Iowa 22 overlap
91.720 147.609
US 61 Business south / Iowa 22 east / Iowa 38 / Iowa 92 east – Muscatine
North end of Iowa 22 and Iowa 92 overlaps
Scott Blue Grass 106.487 171.374 107 Blue Grass
108.000 173.809 109 Blue Grass
Davenport 112.291 180.715 6
I-280 east / US 61 Business north
Southern end of I-280 overlap
114.324 183.987 4 CR F65 (Locust Street / 160th Street) – St. Ambrose University
118.025 189.943 1 US 6 east (Kimberly Road) / CR F58 west – Walcott Southern end of US 6 overlap
118.849 191.269 290 I-80 west / I-280 ends / US 6 west – Des Moines Northern end of I-280 and US 6 overlaps; southern end of I-80 overlap
121.806 196.028 292 Iowa 130 west (Northwest Boulevard) – Maysville
124.381 200.172 295
I-80 east / US 61 Business south – Chicago
Northern end of I-80 overlap; signed as exits 295A (south) and 295B (north)
Sheridan Township 125.464 201.915 124 CR F55 – Davenport Airport
Eldridge 126.520 203.614 125 CR F51 (Blackhawk Trail)
128.531 206.851 127 CR F45 (Le Claire Road)
Winfield Township 131.313 211.328 129 CR F41 – Long Grove, Park View
Clinton DeWitt 139.182 223.992 137 US 30 east – DeWitt, Clinton Southern end of US 30 overlap
140.350 225.871 139 US 30 west – DeWitt, Cedar Rapids Northern end of US 30 overlap; signed as exits 139A (west) and 139B (east)
Bloomfield Township 154.078 247.965 153 Iowa 136 – Delmar, Lost Nation
Jackson Maquoketa 157.266 253.095 156 S. Main Street
159.608 256.864 158 Iowa 64 (W. Platt Street) – Anamosa
Dubuque Table Mound Township 184.167 296.388 US 151 south – Cascade, Cedar Rapids Southern end of US 151 overlap
Key West 187.261 301.367 US 52 south – Bellevue Southern end of US 52 overlap
Dubuque 188.596 303.516 Grandview Avenue
188.965 304.110 To US 20 (Locust Street) Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
189.897 305.610 To US 20 (via Locust Street)
190.165 306.041 White Street, Port of Dubuque Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
190.410–
190.696
306.435–
306.895
US 52 north / Iowa 3 west (9th Street / 11th Street) Northern end of US 52 overlap
191.335 307.924 Kerper Boulevard – Greyhound Park
191.547 308.265 Greyhound Road
Mississippi River 192.283 309.449 Dubuque–Wisconsin Bridge
US 61 north / US 151 north – La Crosse, Madison Continuation into Wisconsin
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Business routes[edit]

  • Keokuk
  • Fort Madison
  • Muscatine
  • Davenport
  • Maquoketa

References[edit]

  1. ^ Iowa State Highway Commission (Oct-Nov-Dec 1925). Service Bulletin. Nos. 10-11-12. Vol. XIII. p. 5.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b "2011 Volume of Traffic on the Primary Road System of Iowa" (PDF). Iowa Department of Transportation. January 1, 2011. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ Google (April 10, 2017). "Nauvoo Temple as seen from Iowa" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 10, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Public gets details on U.S. 61 improvements in southeast Iowa - QuadCity News". Retrieved April 10, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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U.S. Route 61
Previous state:
Missouri
Iowa Next state:
Wisconsin

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