Iowa DOT News Release

Public input requested for proposed improvements to Iowa 21 in Keokuk County

Posted on: November 26, 2019

AMES, Iowa – November 26, 2019 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is requesting public input on the proposed improvements to Iowa 21 from Iowa 149 to 1st Street in Delta, and the proposed off-site detour in Keokuk County.

The proposed project involves removing the existing 4.5 to 6-inch thick x 22-foot wide Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) pavement and replacing it with new 9-inch thick x 24-foot wide PCC pavement. The project will also involve paving shoulders, ditch reshaping, clearing and grubbing, repairing culverts, adding shoulder and centerline rumble strips, updating bridge guardrails, and replacing the North Skunk River bridge approaches (0.7 miles south of Delta).

Construction would occur calendar year 2020. Through traffic on Iowa 21 would be detoured during construction using Iowa 149 (south and north), and Iowa 92 (east and west). It is anticipated the detour will be in place during the duration of the construction project. Local traffic will have access to Iowa 21.

For general information regarding the proposed improvements or public meeting, contact Hector Torres-Cacho, transportation planner, Iowa DOT District 5 Office, 307 W. Briggs, P.O. Box 587, Fairfield, Iowa 52556, phone 647-472-4171 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. Comments and questions regarding the online meeting should be received by December 12, 2019.  If you would like to receive future email notifications, or submit a comment or question regarding this project, go to: .


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Iowa highway in the evening