US 65 in Iowa

Black Hawk Bridge


US 65
Get started Lineville
End Northwood
Length 230 mi
Length 370 km



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State Route 163


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Iowa Falls


Mason City



According to watchtutorials, US 65 is a US Highway in the US state of Iowa. The road forms a north-south route in the center of the state, as well as an eastern bypass of the Des Moines metropolitan area as a highway. The rest of the route is a single lane main road. The route is 370 kilometers long.

Travel directions

US 65 at Bondurant, just north of Des Moines.

US 65 in Missouri comes from Springfield and after a long stretch through the Missouri countryside it follows the state line with Iowa. A similar rural stretch then follows in southern Iowa to Des Moines, more than 100 kilometers to the north. US 65 then runs parallel to Interstate 35. US 65 is mostly a single carriageway here, the landscape is undulating with some wooded riverbeds. However, US 65 does not cross any major rivers on this stretch. US 65 is constructed as a 2×2 divided highway between Indianola and Des Moines.

One reaches the capital Des Moines from the south, first connecting to State Route 5, Des Moines’ bypass. US 65 then forms the eastern bypass of Des Moines and is designed as a freeway. One crosses the Des Moines River here. Then you cross US 6 and follow a short double numbering with Interstate 80 around the suburb of Altoona.

US 65 is then part of a 2×2 divided highway from Des Moines to Marshalltown, but turns 15 miles out of Des Moines from here and is a single carriageway northbound. US 65 then has long straights through the grid of central and northern Iowa. In this region the US 65 passes through several small towns. Also in this region US 65 runs parallel to I-35. The main town on the northern part of the route is Mason City. This route crosses US 20 and US 18, both of which have been developed as freeways on site. After Northwood follows the border with Minnesota, after which the US 65 in Minnesotacontinues to Albert Lea.


US 65 at Des Moines.

According to Citypopulationreview, US 65 was created in 1926. The route has since changed in Iowa, before 1934 US 65 in southern Iowa went west through Leon and Osceola to Indianola. This is now US 69. In 1939 the route northeast of Des Moines was changed.

In the period 2000-2002, a 25-kilometer stretch northeast of Des Moines was widened to a 2×2 divided highway, as part of the upgrade of the corridor from Des Moines to Marshalltown, which also mainly consists of State Route 330.

The highway portion of US 65 along the east side of Des Moines opened in two phases in the 1990s.

Opening history

From Unpleasant Length Date
Exit 79 Exit 84 8 km 1996
Exit 72 Exit 79 11 km 1998

Traffic intensities

South of Des Moines, US 65 is a quiet road, with between 900 and 2,400 vehicles. The double numbering with US 69 north of Indianola is somewhat busier with 19,000 vehicles. The eastern bypass of Des Moines has 24,000 vehicles per day. North of Des Moines, values ​​drop between 2,000 and 5,000 vehicles per day.

Black Hawk Bridge

Black Hawk Bridge
Spans Mississippi River
Lanes 1×2
Total length 504 meters
Main span 200 meters
Bridge deck height 21 meters
Opening 17-06-1931
Traffic intensity 2,000 mvt/day
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The Black Hawk Bridge is a cantilever truss bridge in the United States, located on the border of the states of Iowa and Wisconsin. The bridge spans the Mississippi River at Lansing.


The Black Hawk Bridge is a steel cantilever truss bridge with a total length of 504 meters and a main span of 200 meters. It is one of the shorter bridges over the Upper Mississippi River and one of the few cantilever bridges over this part of the Mississippi, and has an unusual design. The bridge is 6 meters wide and the bridge deck is 21 meters above the Mississippi River. The bridge handles limited regional traffic, with Iowa State Route 9 and Wisconsin State Route 82 passing over the bridge. The bridge is much shorter than the actual crossing of the river valley, on the Wisconsin side is a wetland with meanders more than 4 kilometers wide. State Route 82 runs over embankments here and has a few short bridges. It is the northernmost bridge across the Mississippi in the stateiowa. The bridge is toll-free.


The bridge was built between 1929 and 1931 and opened to traffic on June 17, 1931. The bridge was originally a toll road operated by the Iowa-Wisconsin Bridge Company. In 1945 the bridge on the Wisconsin side was largely swept away, and the Iowa-Wisconsin Bridge Company had no money to repair the bridge, leaving the connection out of service for a long time. In 1957 the bridge was taken over by the states of Iowa and Wisconsin and was reopened in May 1957 after being closed for more than 8 years. The bridge has been toll-free ever since.

The bridge is named after Chief Black Hawk (1767-1838), the chief of the Sauk Indians.


The bridge is functionally obsolete, meaning it does not meet current design requirements. However, the bridge is still in reasonable condition, so there are no concrete plans yet to replace the bridge.

Traffic intensities

The bridge is only lightly driven, with an average of 2,000 vehicles per day.

Black Hawk Bridge