Iowa DOT News Release

Public input requested for proposed improvements to Iowa 5 in Monroe County

Posted on: January 31, 2020

AMES, Iowa – January 31, 2020 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is requesting public input on the proposed replacement of the existing culverts on Iowa Highway 5 just south of Monroe County Road T-19, and the project detour in Monroe County. The culvert project will replace the existing reinforced concrete box culverts with a 30-inch reinforced concrete pipe, regrade the east and west foreslopes, and include erosion control.

Construction is expected to occur during the 2021 construction season. Through traffic on Iowa 5 would be detoured during construction using U.S. 34, Iowa 14, and Iowa 92. Except for the lanes crossing the culvert just south of Monroe County Road T-19, (near Iowa 5 mile marker 42.88) local traffic will have access to Iowa 5 during the planned closure.

For general information regarding the proposed improvements or public meeting, contact Hector Torres-Cacho, transportation planner, Iowa DOT District 5 Office, 205 E. 227th Street, 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 February 14, 2020.  If you would like to receive future email notifications, or submit a comment or question regarding this project, go to:


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