Iowa DOT News Release

Public input requested for proposed improvements on U.S. 71 in Dickinson County

Posted on: March 19, 2021

AMES, Iowa – March 19, 2021 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is requesting public input for a proposed project on U.S. 71 from Okoboji Grove Road in Arnolds Park to East View Avenue in Okoboji.

The project includes removing and replacing the existing pavement. Many of the existing sidewalks will be replaced. The existing decorative lighting throughout the project corridor will be used as constructed.

This project is currently programmed for Fiscal Year 2023.

Construction impacting traffic will not be allowed between Memorial Day and Labor Day. U.S. 71 will be detoured during construction using Iowa 86 and Iowa 9.  For more information, see the website listed below.  

The Iowa DOT is providing two online meeting formats for public input: live and at your own pace. If you do not have access to the internet, or need assistance viewing the materials, please contact the DOT representative listed below.

Live online meeting

Date/Time: March 30, 2021 / 5:30 PM

How to Attend: At the meeting time, navigate to select the project and click on the “live meeting” link.

Description: The study team will deliver a presentation to describe the proposed project, followed by a live question and answer session with the project team. Questions submitted can only be typed into the chat box and will be read by the moderator and answered by the project team.

At your own pace online meeting:

Date/Time: Anytime between March 30 – April 12, 2021

How to Attend: Navigate to and click on “US 71 Meeting Online”

Description: Experience a self-guided tour of the proposed project and submit comments and questions at any time during the comment period.

Comments and questions regarding the online meeting should be received by April 12, 2021.

For general information regarding the public meeting, contact Shane Tymkowicz, P.E., assistant district engineer, Iowa DOT District 3 Office, 2800 Gordon Drive, Sioux City, Iowa 51102, phone 712-274-5834 or 712-261-0405, email

Visit the Iowa DOT’s project-related public involvement event website at for information about scheduled public meetings and hearings, or view and offer input on any DOT project using the new “Map Search” feature. If you would like to receive future email notifications, or submit a comment or question regarding this project, go to:


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