Iowa DOT News

Fort Madison bypass opened to traffic

AMES, Iowa – Nov. 28, 2011 – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is pleased to announce that construction of U.S. 61 on a relocated alignment around the west and north sides of Fort Madison, commonly referred to as the Fort Madison bypass, has been completed and the roadway is in the process of being opened to traffic. The entire roadway is expected to be open by 4 p.m. today.

Located in Lee County, the 9.5-mile bypass project is intended to reduce congestion and motor vehicle crashes within Fort Madison, while improving local commerce and providing a boost to economic development and tourism within the Iowa-Missouri-Illinois region.

Grading and culvert/bridge work for the Fort Madison bypass was completed in 2009 and 2010; paving was completed this year. 

Funding of four grading and structures projects related to construction of the bypass was received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Iowa received a total of $358.2 million in funding from the Federal Highway Administration for highway restoration, repair and construction as part of the Recovery Act. 

The Iowa DOT appreciates the public’s cooperation and patience throughout the duration of this multiyear project, including recent weather-related delays.


Contact: Jeffrey Johnson, P.E., Mount Pleasant resident construction engineer, 319-385-2211 or [email protected]



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