Iowa DOT News Release

Public input requested for proposed improvements to Iowa 14 in Lucas County

Posted on: June 27, 2019

AMES, Iowa – June 27, 2019 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is requesting public input on the proposed removal and replacement of a reinforced concrete box (RCB) culvert on Iowa 14, just 2.3 miles south of the city of Chariton, in Lucas County; the project’s proposed off-site detour route; and right-of-way needs of the project. 

PROJECT: The proposed project involves the replacement of the existing single box RCB culvert with an 8-foot x 9-foot RCB single box culvert. Construction would occur calendar year 2021. 

DETOUR: During the replacement the roadway will be closed. Motorists will be directed to use an official off-site detour. The detour will follow Iowa 14 (North and South for about 14.6 miles), Iowa 2 (East and West for about 9.6 miles), U.S. 65 (North and South about 19 miles), and U.S. 34 (East and West about 8.6 miles). It is anticipated the detour will be in place for approximately one month, weather permitting.  Local traffic will have access to Iowa 14 except for the lanes crossing the project area (near mile post 14.6).

RIGHT-OF-WAY: A cumulative total of 0.38 acres of right-of-way will be acquired from individually owned parcels to permit grading for the culvert replacement and for erosion control mitigation.

For general information or to make a comment regarding the proposed improvements, contact Hector Torres-Cacho, transportation planner, Iowa DOT District 5 Office, 307 W. Briggs, Fairfield, Iowa 52556, phone 641-472-4171 or 800-766-4368, email

Comments must be received by July 30, 2019 to be considered.

For information about this project or scheduled public meetings and hearings, and opportunities to offer input to the Iowa DOT during the development of certain projects, visit To submit a comment online about this project, go to:


Federal and state laws prohibit employment and/or public accommodation discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. If you believe you have been discriminated against, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission at 800-457-4416 or Iowa Department of Transportation’s affirmative action officer.

Iowa highway in the evening