Public Involvement

Office of Locations and Environment

U.S. 61 Louisa County – May 8

Date / Time / Place

May 8, 2018, 5-7 p.m.
Briggs Civic Center
317 N. Water Street, Wapello

This public hearing will be conducted using a combined open forum and formal format. During the open forum, from 5 to 5:45 p.m., Iowa DOT staff will be present to informally discuss the project. After the open forum, a formal presentation will be displayed beginning at 5:45 p.m. and followed by a question-and-answer session. The meeting space is accessible for persons with disabilities. However, if you require special accommodations at the meeting, please notify the Iowa DOT contact listed below by May 4, 2018.


The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing Tuesday, May 8, to discuss the proposed improvements of U.S. 61 in Louisa County from 0.5 mile north of Iowa 78 to north of 130th Street and to gather public feedback on the environmental documentation, preferred alternative, and potential impacts related to the planned highway improvements. The environmental document is now available to review online (at the link provided below), at the Keck Memorial Library, 119 N. Second St., in Wapello, and will be available to review during the public hearing.

The U.S. 61 boat access to the Iowa River, located north of the city of Wapello, is a Section 4(f) resource and due to reduced access during construction, the proposed project is expected to have a temporary impact on the resource. This facility is owned and operated by the Louisa County Conservation Board and consists of a small parking lot for access to fishing along the Iowa River.

Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 was enacted as a means of protecting publicly owned parks, recreation areas, and wildlife/waterfowl refuges, as well as historic sites of local, state, or national significance from conversion to transportation uses. This type of Section 4(f) impact needs to satisfy the following conditions: duration must be temporary,  scope of work must be minor, will include no anticipated permanent adverse physical impacts, and the land being used must be fully restored.

Project displays

If you were unable to attend the May 8 public hearing, you can view the presentation online.

Project contact

Hector Torres-Cacho, transportation planner
Iowa DOT District 5 Office
307 W. Briggs, P.O. Box 587
Fairfield, IA 52556

Deadline for receipt of comments is June 8, 2018; however, all correspondence received after this date will be included in the project files and reviewed as the project is developed. To submit a comment online about this project, go to:

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