Iowa DOT News Release

Proposed improvements to U.S. 63 to be discussed May 15 in Ottumwa

Posted on: April 25, 2017

AMES, Iowa – April 25, 2017 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Monday, May 15, to discuss the proposed improvements to U.S. 63 from River Road/Wapello County Road J-12 to U.S. 34 in Ottumwa. The proposed project provides for the grading and paving of a new four-lane divided highway within the project limits. The existing bridge over a drainage ditch will be replaced with a new bridge, and the existing bridge over a bike trail will be replaced with a reinforced box culvert. The current connection of Rabbit Run Road to U.S. 63 will be relocated to the south approximately 1,500 feet.

Traffic will be detoured during construction using Vine Street and Madison Avenue. For more information, view the detour map at:

All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 5 and 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Ottumwa High School, 501 Second St. E. The meeting will be conducted utilizing an open forum format. Iowa DOT staff will be present to informally discuss the proposed improvements. No formal presentation will be made.

The meeting space is accessible for persons with disabilities. However, if you require special accommodations at the meeting, please notify the Iowa DOT contact listed below by May 10.

For general information regarding the proposed improvements or public meeting, contact Jim Armstrong, district engineer, Iowa DOT District 5 Office, 307 W. Briggs, P.O. Box 587, Fairfield, Iowa 52556, phone 641-472-4171 or 800-766-4368, email

Visit the Iowa DOT’s project-related public involvement event website at for information about scheduled public meetings and hearings, and opportunities to offer input to the Iowa DOT during the development of certain projects. To submit a comment online about this project, go to:


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