Iowa DOT News Release

Update: Northbound U.S. 218 bridge over South Fish Creek near Salem in Henry County to close for repairs Saturday, Nov. 23

Posted on: November 20, 2019

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa – Nov. 20, 2019 – Bridge repairs to the northbound U.S. 218 bridge over South Fish Creek (mile marker 34.44) near Salem in Henry County requires closing the bridge for approximately two weeks beginning Saturday, November 23, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Mount Pleasant construction office.

Dynamic Message Signs will be in place along state highway routes to alert motorists of the pending bridge closure.

Through traffic will be directed onto a 56-mile marked detour route (see map) using Iowa 2 (east and west for approx. 8.4 miles), U.S. 61 (south and north approx. 22.4 miles), and U.S. 34 (east and west approx. 25.4 miles). Local traffic will have access to U.S. 218 except for the northbound lanes crossing the bridge over South Fish Creek (mile marker 34.44) during the temporary bridge closure.

South Fish Creek Detour(V.2)

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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