Iowa DOT News Release

Public input requested for proposed improvements to U.S. Highway 63in Davis County 

Posted on: September 10, 2019

AMES, Iowa – September 10, 2019 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is requesting public input on the proposed removal and replacement of the U.S. Highway 63 bridge over Soap Creek (0.9 miles south of Wapello County line) and the right-of-way needs of the project. 

PROJECT: The proposed project involves the replacement of the existing 285-foot x 30-foot steel two girder bridge with a 339-foot x 44-foot pretensioned prestressed concrete beam bridge. The new bridge will be built approximately 50 feet east of the existing bridge, shifting the alignment and tying it back into the existing highway. The project would include approximately 3,100 linear feet of new 2-lane roadway with

climbing/passing lanes at the south and north end of the new road. Construction would occur calendar year 2021.

TRAFFIC:  Vehicle traffic on U.S. 63 will be maintained at all times. During different stages of construction traffic will be intermediately shifted between lanes.

RIGHT-OF-WAY: Permanent acquisition of a cumulative total of 2.18 acres of right-of-way will be acquired to permit grading for the bridge replacement and 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 September 24, 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:


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