Public Input Needed

The Iowa Department of Transportation is requesting public input on the right-of-way needs for proposed improvements to U.S. 61 from 235th Street, just north of Mediapolis in Des Moines County, to 0.5 mile north of Iowa 78, in Louisa County. The project would reconstruct about 5.13 miles of U.S. 61 to  a four-lane divided highway with a new interchange at the Iowa 78/Louisa County Road H-22 intersection. The new diamond interchange would be located just east of the existing U.S. 61 and Iowa 78 intersection. The project is anticipated to take place during the 2024 construction season. 

Through traffic will be maintained on the existing U.S. 61 lanes at all times during construction.

An online public meeting is now available to view on the Iowa DOT’s Public Involvement webpage: To view the meeting and related content, click on “U.S. 61 in Des Moines and Louisa County” from the list of public involvement events. The online meeting allows you to watch a pre-recorded presentation with information about the project at your own pace and at any time. The Iowa DOT is asking interested parties to take a few minutes to view the information and offer any feedback. If you do not have access to the internet, or need assistance viewing the materials, please contact the DOT representative listed below.

For general information regarding the proposed work or online public meeting materials, contact Hector Torres-Cacho, transportation planner, Iowa DOT District 5 Office, 205 E. 227th Street, Fairfield, Iowa 52556, phone 641-472-4171 or 800-766-4368, email

Visit the Iowa DOT’s project-related public involvement event website at for information about scheduled public meetings and hearings, or to view and offer input on any DOT project using the new “Map Search” feature. Comments and questions regarding the online meeting should be received by May 10, 2021.  If you would like to receive future email notifications, or submit a comment or question regarding this project, go to: