Iowa Department of Transportation

FAIRFIELD, Iowa – Nov. 20, 2020 – The much-anticipated new four-lane divided highway on U.S. 63 just south of Ottumwa from River Road/Wapello County Road J-12 to the junction of U.S. 34 (roundabout) is scheduled to open early December, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Chariton construction office.

The reconstruction work of this section of U.S. 63 modernizes the highway system and improves mobility and safety. Portions of the project that are complete include the mainline, shoulders, bridges and trail box culvert. Paint stripping and installation of streetlights will be completed in the coming weeks to allow the roadway to open to traffic. The bike path is also being completed at the same time.  

Peterson Contractors is working aggressively to meet the intended scheduled opening date. We continue to appreciate your patience and apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. 

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.

The latest traveler information is available anytime through our 511 system. Visit; call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide); stay connected with 511 on Facebook or Twitter (find links at; or download the free app to your mobile device.

To receive email or text alerts about traffic incidents, road closures, traffic delays, and other restrictions that affect this highway route or other routes you travel, the Iowa DOT offers the “Your 511” option on It’s easy to subscribe to Your 511 and sign up to receive the email/text alerts. Visit for simple, step-by-step instructions.


Contact: Hector Torres-Cacho at 641-469-4007 or

Source: iowa DMV

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