Iowa Highway 2

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Iowa Highway 2 marker

Iowa Highway 2
Iowa 2 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Iowa DOT
Length251.376 mi[1] (404.550 km)
Major junctions
West end N-2 at Nebraska City, Neb
East end US 61 at Fort Madison
Highway system
Iowa 1Iowa 3

Iowa Highway 2 (Iowa 2) is a 251-mile-long (404 km) state highway which runs across the southernmost tier of counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. At no point along its route is Iowa 2 more than 15 miles (24 km) from the Missouri state line, except for a small section near its eastern terminus. Iowa 2 stretches across the entire state; from the Missouri River near Nebraska City, Nebraska, to U.S. Route 61 (US 61) at Fort Madison. Prior to becoming a primary highway, the route was known as the Waubonsie Trail.

Route description[edit]

US 71 has a concurrency with Iowa 2 near Clarinda.

Iowa Highway 2 begins at the Nebraska City Bridge just east of Nebraska City, Nebraska. It goes northeast and then east as an expressway until meeting Interstate 29. It then continues east as a two-lane highway until meeting U.S. Highway 275 and turning north. It continues north, bypassing Sidney with U.S. 275, and turning east of Sidney. It goes east and meets U.S. 59 at Shenandoah and then U.S. 71 at Clarinda, which is served with Business Route 2. It continues east through New Market and meets Iowa Highway 148 at Bedford. After intersecting Iowa Highway 25 east of Bedford, it passes through Benton before beginning an overlap with U.S. Highway 169 through Mount Ayr. After passing through Kellerton, Iowa 2 intersects Interstate 35 at Decatur City.

Iowa Highway 2 continues east through Decatur City and meets U.S. Highway 69 in Leon. It continues east and intersects U.S. Highway 65 before entering Corydon, where it intersects Iowa Highway 14. After passing through Promise City, it goes through Centerville, where it intersects Iowa Highway 5. It later intersects Iowa Highway 202 near Moulton and then begins a concurrency with U.S. Highway 63 which ends in Bloomfield.

Iowa 2 in Lee County

After Bloomfield, Iowa Highway 2 turns southeasterly to pass through Pulaski, Milton, and Cantril, then turns briefly northeast. It turns east, intersects Iowa Highway 1 south of Keosauqua, then turns southeast towards Farmington. At Farmington, Iowa 2 meets Iowa Highway 81 and crosses the Des Moines River. It continues east and meets U.S. Highway 218 and Iowa Highway 27 at Donnellson. From there, it then meets U.S. Highway 61 and ends on the west side of Fort Madison.

Clarinda business loop[edit]

Iowa Highway 2 Business

Iowa Highway 2 Business begins at the western edge of Clarinda on an old alignment of Iowa 2. It follows State Street east into Clarinda. At 16th Street (Glenn Miller Avenue), IA 2 Bus. heads south until its junction with US 71 Business. Both routes follow Washington Street east towards US 71. Iowa 2 Business follows US 71 south to IA 2 to complete the business loop.


The current Iowa Highway 2 was designated in 1920 as Primary Road No. 3 (PR No. 3). The 285-mile-long (459 km) route connected Nebraska City, Nebraska, to Burlington. PR No. 3 was overlaid upon the Waubonsie Trail from the Missouri River to Fort Madison. From Fort Madison, it overlappped the Mississippi Valley Scenic Highway, a precursor to the Great River Road.[2] In 1941, the route had been renumbered Iowa 2 and the section between Fort Madison and Burlington was no longer part of the route.[3]

The segment west of Interstate 29 was constructed as an expressway in 1986 with the plan of connecting Lincoln, Nebraska with Interstate 29 using a divided highway.

In late 2013, the Fort Madison city council accepted the jurisdiction of Iowa 2 within the city limits, which eliminated the last 5.8 miles (9.3 km) from the route.[4][5]

Major intersections[edit]

Missouri River0.0000.000 N-2 westContinuation into Nebraska
Nebraska City Bridge
FremontBenton Township3.2155.174 I-29 (Exit 10) – Council Bluffs, Kansas City
township line
10.58017.027 US 275 south – HamburgWestern end of US 275 overlap
Sidney Township15.30124.625 US 275 north (Illinois Street) – Sidney, TaborEastern end of US 275 overlap
county line
Shenandoah28.07445.181 US 59 – Shenandoah, Tarkio, Mo.
Iowa 2 Business east (State Street)
US 71 south (Glenn Miller Avenue) / US 71 Business – Maryville, Mo.
Western end of US 71 overlap
Nodaway Township48.61978.245
US 71 north / Iowa 2 Business west – Villisca
Eastern end of US 71 overlap
TaylorBedford65.725105.774 Iowa 148 north – CorningWestern end of Iowa 148 overlap
65.948106.133 Iowa 148 south (Madison Avenue)Eastern end of Iowa 148 overlap
county line
township line
81.833131.697 Iowa 25 north – Clearfield
RinggoldRice Township92.486148.842 US 169 south – Grant City, Mo.Western end of US 169 overlap
Mount Ayr94.826152.608 US 169 north (Cleveland Street) – WintersetEastern end of US 169 overlap
DecaturDecatur Township115.316185.583 I-35 (Exit 12) – Des Moines, Kansas City
Leon119.648192.555 US 69 south (Lorraine Street) – LamoniWestern end of US 69 overlap
120.334193.659 US 69 north (Church Street) – OsceolaEastern end of US 69 overlap
WayneClay Township133.695215.161 US 65 – Humeston, Princeton, Mo.
Corydon143.285230.595 Iowa 14 north – Chariton
AppanooseCenterville167.278269.208 Iowa 5 (18th Street) – Cincinnati, Albia
Washington Township177.847286.217 Iowa 202 south – Moulton
DavisWest Grove Township187.017300.975 US 63 south – Lancaster, Mo.Western end of US 63 overlap
Bloomfield191.877308.796 US 63 north (Washington Street) – OttumwaEastern end of US 63 overlap
Van BurenDes MoinesVernon
township line
219.192352.755 Iowa 1 north – Keosauqua
Farmington Township231.268372.190 Iowa 81 south – Kahoka, Mo.
US 218 / Iowa 27 (Exit 19) – Keokuk, Mount Pleasant
Fort Madison251.376404.550
US 61 (Exit 18) / US 61 Business north (Avenue O) – Keokuk, Burlington
Road continues as US 61 Business
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "2012 Volume of Traffic on the Primary Road System of Iowa" (PDF). Iowa Department of Transportation. January 1, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  2. ^ Official Auto Trails Map (Map). 1:1,081,344. Rand McNally. 1921. p. 330-331.
  3. ^ Road and Reference Atlas (Map). 1:1,077,120. Rand McNally & Company. 1947. p. 42–43.
  4. ^ "City Council Minutes" (PDF). City of Fort Madison. October 1, 2013. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Iowa Transportation Commission (November 12, 2013). "Commission Meeting Minutes" (PDF). Iowa Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 14, 2014.

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