Iowa DOT News Release

Iowa 149 north of Ottumwa in Wapello County to close June 22

Posted on: June 18, 2018

CHARITON, Iowa – June 18, 2018 – Road construction work on Iowa 149 between 170th Street and 180th Street north of Ottumwa over Cedar Creek will require closing the bridge and roadway to traffic beginning at 7 a.m. Friday, June 22, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Chariton construction office.

The bridge closure and detour are expected to be in place for five months. During this project, motorists will be directed around the work zone using one of the following signed detour routes (see map).

  • Motorists traveling north on Iowa 149, who are driving toward junction Iowa 23, will need to go east on U.S. 34, and then north on Wapello County Road V-37, before turning west onto Iowa 149.
  • Motorists traveling south on Iowa 149, who wish to drive to Ottumwa, will turn east onto Iowa149, at the south junction of Iowa 23, to travel south on Wapello County Road V-37 to U.S. 34, and then drive west on U.S. 34 to Iowa 149.
  • Local traffic along Iowa 149 will have access to Iowa 149 except for the closure on Iowa 149 between 170th Street and 180th Street.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.

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Contact: Hector Torres-Cacho at 641-469-4007 or

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