Iowa Highway 60

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Iowa Highway 60 marker

Iowa Highway 60
Route information
Maintained by Iowa DOT
Length: 58.771 mi[1] (94.583 km)
Existed: January 1, 1969 (1969-01-01) – present
Major junctions
South end:
US 75 / US 75 Business at Le Mars
  US 18 near Sheldon
North end: MN 60 near Bigelow, Minn.
Highway system
US 59 US 61
Iowa 32 Iowa 33 US 34

Iowa Highway 60 (Iowa 60) is a north–south state highway in northwest Iowa. The highway runs at a southwest-to-northeast angle. The southern end of Iowa Highway 60 is near Le Mars at a freeway interchange with U.S. Route 75 and U.S. Route 75 Business. Its northern end is at the Minnesota border just south of Bigelow, Minnesota, where the highway continues in Minnesota as Minnesota State Highway 60.

The highway was designated on January 1, 1969, when it replaced Iowa 33. It was renumbered to provide a continuous number across the state line into Minnesota. Since 2004, the highway has been upgraded to expressway status, with some freeway sections, as part of a highway corridor connecting Sioux City with the Twin Cities metropolitan area in Minnesota.

Route description[edit]

Iowa 60 begins north of Le Mars at an interchange with U.S. Route 75 (US 75) and its business loop. Northbound Iowa 60 is a continuation of northbound US 75, while northbound US 75 traffic must exit to continue on that route. Iowa 60 heads to the northeast adjacent to the Floyd River along a four-lane expressway. Over its first 13 miles (21 km), it passes the small town of Seney and acres (hectares) of farmland until it reaches Alton.[2]

It continues northeast, bypassing Hospers and Sheldon. On the Sheldon bypass, it meets U.S. Highway 18. It proceeds north and bypasses Ashton, then continues northeast to bypass Sibley, where it meets Iowa Highway 9. The highway continues northeasterly until ending at the Minnesota border just south of Bigelow, Minnesota.

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Exit[2] Destinations Notes
Plymouth America Township 0.000 0.000 120
US 75 / US 75 Business south – Le Mars, Sioux City, Sioux Center
Freeway continuation past interchange; exit number is based on US 75 exit numbering
Sioux Nassau Township 13.317 21.432 12 Alton
Alton 16.201 26.073 16 To Iowa 10 (Iowa 450) – Alton, Orange City Access to Orange City Area Hospital
county line
township line
30.754 49.494 31
Iowa 60 Business / CR L26 (2nd Avenue)
O'Brien Carroll Township 32.817 52.814 33 Country Club Road
Sheldon 34.433 55.415 34
US 18 (Park Avenue) / Iowa 60 Business – Spencer
Osceola West Holman Township 48.861 78.634 48 2nd Avenue
East Holman Township 51.588 83.023 51 CR A22 – Sibley Access to Osceola Community Hospital
East HolmanWilson
township line
53.576 86.222 53 Iowa 9 – Rock Rapids, Rock Rapids
Wilson Township 58.771 94.583 MN 60 east Continuation into Minnesota
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related route[edit]

Iowa Highway 60 Business
Location: Sheldon

Iowa Highway 60 Business serves Sheldon, following the old route of Iowa 60 north into Sheldon, then turning east on U.S. 18 to return to Iowa 60.


  1. ^ a b "2009 Volume of Traffic on the Primary Road System of Iowa" (PDF). Iowa Department of Transportation. January 1, 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Iowa Department of Transportation (2010). Iowa State Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Ames: Iowa Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 13, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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