US 34 and 63 in Iowa

US 34 in Iowa

US 34
Get started Glenwood
End Burlington
Length 273 mi
Length 440 km



Road Oak










Mount Pleasant



US 34 is a US Highway in the US state of Iowa. The road forms an east-west route through the south of the state, from the Nebraska border at Glenwood through Ottumwa to the Illinois border at Burlington. The western part in particular has little passing importance because it does not connect large towns. The road is 440 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

US 34 at Mount Pleasant.

The Great River Bridge over the Mississippi River in Burlington.

US 34 in Nebraska comes from the south side of Omaha and crosses the Missouri River north of Plattsmouth. In the Missouri River valley it connects to Interstate 29. US 34 has 2×2 lanes in this region up to Glenwood, east of which the road is single-lane. US 34 then follows a 180-mile route through rural southwestern Iowa, an agricultural area with little forest. There are no larger towns in this region.

At Osceola, it connects to Interstate 35, more than 60 miles south of Des Moines. This is followed by a 120 kilometer long rural route to Ottumwa. This area has some low hills and more forest, but no places worth mentioning. In Ottumwa you cross the Des Moines River, the road has 2×2 lanes and connects to the US 63.

East of Ottumwa, US 34 is constructed over a great distance as a 2×2 divided highway, partly with grade separated intersections. This is part of the Des Moines to Burlington corridor. First there is an 80 kilometer stretch to Mount Pleasant, with a bypass of Fairfield. Around Mount Pleasant is a short double number with US 218. Then follows a 40-kilometer stretch southeast to Burlington, the largest city on the route in Iowa. The section through Burlington is entirely grade separated and a freeway. The Great River Bridge crosses the Mississippi River, after which US 34 in Illinois continues to Galesburg.

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US 34 was created in 1926 and then ran from Sheffield, Illinois to Council Bluffs in western Iowa. In 1935 the terminus was changed to Grand Island, Nebraska. It is unclear when exactly the route in Iowa was led from Council Bluffs to the bridge over the Missouri River at Plattsmouth. US 34 is not of as much through importance as other east-west US Highways in Iowa, mainly because it avoids most major cities in the west of the state. In the southeast of Iowa, a few highway segments have been built around the various regional towns. About 1974 the 2×2 Glenwood diversion opened. The highway opened at Burlington in the 1970s. The highway around Mount Pleasant opened about 2005. Circa 2007, the highway opened east of Ottumwa. The freeway around Fairfield opened a little later, circa 2008.

In 1929, the Plattsmouth Bridge opened over the Missouri River on the border of Nebraska and Iowa. This is a toll bridge. It was bypassed on October 22, 2014 by a new 2×2 bridge over the Missouri River 5 miles to the north.

On October 4, 1993, the Great River Bridge opened at Burlington over the Mississippi River. The bridge replaced the MacArthur Bridge which opened in 1917.

Traffic intensities

Some 1,300 vehicles cross the border into Nebraska every day, which remains low as far as Ottumwa at between 1,800 and 4,000 vehicles per day. Thereafter, 9,200 to 3,600 vehicles descend to Mount Pleasant and 7,000 to 9,000 vehicles head for Burlington. 9,800 vehicles cross the Illinois border every day.

US 63 in Iowa

US 63
Begin Mark
End Chester
Length 242 mi
Length 390 km










New Hampton



US 63 is a US Highway in the US state of Iowa. The road forms a north-south route in the eastern half of the state, from the Missouri border through the towns of Ottumwa and Waterloo to the Minnesota border. The road is 390 kilometers long.

Travel directions

US 63 at Denver, north of Waterloo.

US 63 in Missouri enters the state of Iowa from Columbia and then runs north for 15 kilometers before splitting 10 kilometers east. The road then leads to Ottumwa, where one first crosses US 34 to Burlington, and then crosses the Des Moines River. Further north, US 63 jumps northwest again and is a 2×2 divided highway until Oskaloosa, where US 63 turns north and 2×2 State Route 163 continues to Des Moines. US 63 then runs for about 60 kilometers to Interstate 80. Shortly afterwards you cross the US 6which runs parallel to it. US 63 then runs north through flat farmland and crosses US 30 at Toledo and crosses the Iowa River, a tributary of the Mississippi. Further north, the road jumps to the east again and then passes through Waterloo, the largest town on the route with 70,000 inhabitants. It crosses US 20 on its southwest side . One also crosses the US 218 in the center. North of Waterloo, US 63 is still a 2×2 divided highway for a while, after which US 53 narrows to a single-lane road. Around New Hampton, US 63 briefly becomes a freeway and crosses US 18. After that, US 63 for 60 kilometers is a single-lane road until the border with Minnesota. US 63 in Minnesota then continues to Rochester.


US 63 was created in 1926 and at the time had the capital, Des Moines, as its northern terminus. In 1934 the northern terminus was changed to Ashland, Wisconsin. US 63 is a relatively secondary north-south route, particularly south of Waterloo, where through traffic tends to use the better-developed US 218, which is four-lane on the entire route, much of it as a freeway. The highway around Ottumwa opened to traffic circa 2007. In late 2012, the final four-lane section opened between Waterloo and New Hampton in northern Iowa.

Traffic intensities

The intensities on US 63 are variable, with 2,000 vehicles crossing the Missouri border every day, increasing to 5,200 for Ottumwa and 9,100 vehicles for Oskaloosa. Further north, 3,000 vehicles drive to Waterloo and 3,300 vehicles on the highway portion around New Hampton. About 2,800 vehicles cross the Minnesota border every day.

US 63 in Iowa