Iowa DOT News Release

U.S. 69 near Belmond to close Monday, March 29 for bridge replacement project

Posted on: March 23, 2021

MASON CITY, Iowa – March 24, 2021 – A project to replace bridges on U.S. 69 over the West Branch River and Iowa River and replace pavement from the railroad tracks to Wright County Road C-20/130th Street requires closing the roadway to traffic beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, March 29, until November 2021, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Mason City construction office.

During this project, motorists will be detoured around the work zone by traveling east for approximately 1 mile on Fifth Street Southeast to Luick’s Lane South, north for approximately 1.5 miles to Wright County Road C-20/130th Street, then west for approximately one mile and back onto U.S. 69 (see map). 

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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