Draft:U.S. Route 61 in Iowa
|Maintained by Iowa DOT|
|Length:||192.643 mi (310.029 km)|
|Existed:||July 1, 1926 – present|
|South end:||US 61 / US 136 south of Keokuk|
|North end:||US 61 / US 151 at Dubuque|
|Counties:||Lee, Des Moines, Louisa, Muscatine, Scott, Clinton, Jackson, Dubuque|
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. 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
- 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
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
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 1⁄2-mile (12.1 km) stretch, from the Muscatine bypass to the southern tip of Muscatine County, just north of Letts.
US 61 is expected to be widened to four lanes throughout Des Moines.
|Des Moines River||0.000||0.000||US 61 south / US 136 west / Great River Road south – Canton, Wayland||Continuation into Missouri|
|Missouri–Iowa 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|
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|
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|
US 61 Business north / Great River Road north
|87.694||141.130||Iowa 22 west – Nichols||Southern end of Iowa 22 overlap|
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|
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|
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|
|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|
|—||US 52 north / Iowa 3 west (9th Street / 11th Street)||Northern end of US 52 overlap|
|191.335||307.924||—||Kerper Boulevard – Greyhound Park|
|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
- Fort Madison
- Iowa State Highway Commission (Oct-Nov-Dec 1925). Service Bulletin. Nos. 10-11-12. Vol. XIII. p. 5. Check date values in:
- "2011 Volume of Traffic on the Primary Road System of Iowa" (PDF). Iowa Department of Transportation. January 1, 2011. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
- Google (April 10, 2017). "Nauvoo Temple as seen from Iowa" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
- "Public gets details on U.S. 61 improvements in southeast Iowa - QuadCity News". Retrieved April 10, 2017.
Route map: Google
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