Iowa DOT News Release


Posted on: August 12, 2020

FAIRFIELD, Iowa – Aug. 12, 2020 – The southbound lane of U.S. 63 between the U.S.63/Iowa 92 interchange in Oskaloosa and Mahaska County Road G-71 (310th Street) north of Eddyville will be temporarily closed to traffic. A temporary repair was made to this location and the roadway reopened to traffic on Aug. 1. DOT staff have determined that a permanent repair is required. Closure of the southbound lane of U.S. 63 could begin as early as Saturday, Aug. 15, based on contractor availability according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 5 Office.

During this temporary road closure, motorists will be directed to use an official detour route (see map) using Iowa 92, Iowa 23 and Iowa 149. Oversized loads will not be allowed in the area during this project.

Repairs are expected to take up to two weeks and may vary depending on weather and other conditions.

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: Jim Armstrong at 641-472-4171 or

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