U.S. 61

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Downtown Dubuque spreads into view from the Julien Dubuque Bridge (U.S. 20) above U.S. 52-61-151 at Jones Street. Rising along the horizon is the 1891-built Dubuque County Courthouse. Photo taken May 30, 2011.

U.S. 61 travels 195 miles from Keokuk in the southeastern corner of Iowa northward to Fort Madison, Burlington, Muscatine, the Quad Cities, Maquoketa and Dubuque. Most of the highway carries four lanes with expressway and freeway segments through Muscatine County, Blue Grass and from Davenport north to Dubuque. Interchanges along U.S. 61 are given exit numbers, which is common for most freeways in the Hawkeye State.

U.S. 61 Iowa Guides

The freeway leading north from Interstate 80 at Davenport to DeWitt opened to traffic on December 1, 1982. Upgrades to the rest of the U.S. 61 corridor north to Dubuque occurred between 1996 and 1999.1

A request to relocate U.S. 61 onto a combination of Interstates 280 and 80 to bypass Davenport was approved at the May 20, 2010 meeting of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Sign changes were not implemented until September 2011 and the move created a new business loop for U.S. 61 through the Quad Cities.

U.S. 61 scenes
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1980-guide signs posted for the U.S. 61 southbound on-ramp from Scott County F41 (267th Street) near Long Grove. These signs were replaced with convention shield assemblies soon after these photos were shot. Photos taken 05/23/08.

  1. US 61 - Iowa Highways (Jason Hancock).

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05/23/08 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 80
Interstate 280
U.S. 20
U.S. 30
U.S. 136
U.S. 151
U.S. 218
Highway 64
Highway 136
Highway 946 - Locust Street

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