The Iowa Department of Transportation is requesting public input on the proposed removal and replacement of the U.S. Highway 63 bridge over Soap Creek (0.9 miles south of Wapello County line) and the right-of-way needs of the project.
The proposed project involves the replacement of the existing 285-foot x 30-foot steel two girder bridge with a 339-foot x 44-foot pretensioned prestressed concrete beam bridge. The new bridge will be built approximately 50 feet east of the existing bridge, shifting the alignment and tying it back into the existing highway. The project would include approximately 3,100 linear feet of new 2-lane roadway with climbing/passing lanes at the south and north end of the new road. Construction would occur calendar year 2021.
Vehicle traffic on U.S. 63 will be maintained at all times. During different stages of construction traffic will be intermediately shifted between lanes.
Permanent acquisition of a cumulative total of 2.18 acres of right-of-way will be acquired to permit grading for the bridge replacement and erosion control mitigation.
Hector Torres-Cacho, transportation planner
Iowa DOT District 5 Office
307 W. Briggs
Fairfield, Iowa 52556
Deadline for receipt of comments is Sept. 24, 2019; 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: www.bit.ly/iowadot8648.