The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

April 18, 2014

Public learns latest about Northwest Bypass at DOT meeting

OSKALOOSA — Many area residents learned the latest about the U.S. 63 Northwest Bypass of Oskaloosa at a public information meeting held Wednesday evening at Oskaloosa Middle School.

The two-hour meeting featured tables with maps of the three proposed routes for people to view and Iowa Department of Transportation officials to answer questions.

About 95 people had signed in at the meeting with only 45 minutes left, DOT officials said.

“It’s exceptional, I think,” DOT District Engineer Jim Armstrong said of the size of the audience. “I’m glad to see people here.”

Armstrong said the crowd has been steady throughout the meeting that started at 5 p.m. There were four tables with maps for people to review.

Armstrong said this was the second public information meeting about the bypass project. He said there are three proposed routes under consideration.

All three routes include an interchange at U.S. 163 and County Road G-43.

“Alternative 1 begins at the Iowa 163/G-43 interchange and extends northeasterly. It crosses Kirby Avenue, 220th Street and 210th Street before reconnecting with U.S. 63 south of the Oskaloosa water treatment plant and the South Skunk River.

“Alternative 2 begins at the Iowa 163/G-43 interchange and extends northeasterly. It turns

north onto the existing Kirby Avenue alignment and continues to the intersection with 210th Street. It then curves back to the northeast to cross the South Skunk River west of the existing U.S. 63 river crossing. After crossing the river, the new alignment curves back to the north and reconnects with existing U.S. 63.

“Alternative 3 begins at the Iowa 163/G-43 interchange and extends northeasterly. It turns

north onto the property line approximately one-quarter mile west of the Kirby Avenue alignment and extends to the intersection with 210th Street. It then curves back to the

northeast to cross the South Skunk River west of the existing U.S. 63 river crossing.

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