Iowa Highway 5
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Iowa Highway 5

Iowa Highway 5 marker

Iowa Highway 5
Iowa 5 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Iowa DOT
Length103.540 mi[2] (166.631 km)
ExistedJanuary 1, 1969 (1969-01-01)[1]-present
Major junctions
South end near Cincinnati
North end at West Des Moines
Highway system

Iowa Highway 5 is a highway in southern Iowa. It is a north–south highway with a length of 105 miles (169 km). It is the northernmost segment of a three-state "Highway 5" also involving Missouri Route 5 and Arkansas Highway 5. Portions of the highway are freeway and expressway. It had previously been designated Iowa Highway 60. The southern terminus of Iowa Highway 5 is at the Missouri border southwest of Cincinnati. Its northern terminus is at Interstate 35 at West Des Moines.

Route description

Iowa Highway 5 begins at the Missouri border southwest of Cincinnati. It passes through Cincinnati, then turns north to go through Centerville, where it intersects Iowa Highway 2. It continues north through Moravia and intersects U.S. Highway 34 in Albia. Iowa 5 also intersects Iowa Highway 137 in Albia and turns northwest. It goes northwest through Lovilia and Hamilton before intersecting Iowa Highway 92 in Knoxville.

The northern end of Iowa 5 is at Interstate 35 south of West Des Moines

Iowa 5 and Iowa 92 then become a freeway bypass of Knoxville, bypassing Knoxville on its south side, intersecting Iowa Highway 14 on the bypass. After the bypass, Iowa 5 and Iowa 92 become an expressway. Iowa 5 then separates from Iowa 92 near Pleasantville. Iowa 5 then turns north, bypasses Pleasantville, and intersects Iowa Highway 316 northwest of Pleasantville. Iowa 5 continues northwest past Hartford and Carlisle, then intersects U.S. Highway 65. Iowa 5 then goes west as a freeway with U.S. 65 to an interchange with U.S. Highway 69, where U.S. 65 separates in Des Moines. Iowa 5 then continues west as a southeastern freeway bypass of Des Moines, intersecting Iowa Highway 28 at Norwalk and ends in West Des Moines at Interstate 35.


Old Iowa 5 dead ends north of the US 65 bypass

Primary Road 5 was designated in 1920 connecting Sioux City and Dubuque. In 1926, this route was truncated at Fort Dodge and at Le Mars and subsequently extended to Akron in 1929. From 1945 through 1962, when Iowa 5 was again truncated near Aurelia, Iowa 5 overlapped Iowa 3 for 60 miles (97 km).[3] This last section of Iowa 5 is now designated Iowa Highway 7.[1]

The current Iowa 5 was designated on January 1, 1969, along the southern portion Iowa Highway 60. It was renumbered to provide route number continuity with Missouri Route 5.[1] In 1978, a bypass of Knoxville was opened carrying Iowa 5 and Iowa Highway 92 around the southern edge of Knoxville.

In the Des Moines area, Iowa 5 had the same route along Army Post Road from 1969 until 1997, when sections of a southern bypass, completed in 2002, were opened.

Major intersections

AppanooseFranklin Township0.0000.000 south - UnionvilleContinuation into Missouri
Centerville13.62421.926 (Maple Street) - Corydon, Bloomfield
MonroeAlbia34.12254.914 - Ottumwa, Chariton
35.29556.802 north - Eddyville
east /  - Oskaloosa
Interchange; south end of expressway; southern end of Iowa 92 overlap
62.242100.16962 - Knoxville, Chariton
east - Knoxville
North end of expressway
Pleasant Grove Township71.348114.823 west / CR S45 south - Melcher-Dallas, IndianolaNorthern end of Iowa 92 overlap
Truck Route ( north) - PleasantvilleSouthern terminus of Iowa 5 Business
Truck Route ( south) - PleasantvilleNorthern terminus of Iowa 5 Business
WarrenRichland Township78.304126.018 north - Runnells
PolkAvon89.873144.637 north - AltoonaInterchange; south end of freeway section; southern end of US 65 overlap; US 65 exit 72
WarrenDes Moines92.501148.86670 south /  - Des Moines, IndianolaExit number based on US 65 mileage; signed as exits 70A (south) and 70B (north); northern end of US 65 overlap
95.387153.51096 CR R63 (SW 9th Street)
96.555155.39097 CR R57 (Fleur Drive) - Des Moines International Airport
PolkDes Moines-Norwalk line98.582158.65299 - Norwalk, Martensdale
West Des Moines100.809162.236101Veterans Memorial Parkway
102.261164.573102South 35th Street - Walnut Woods State Park
103.540166.631-- - Kansas City, MinneapolisNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c Hatfield, Richard (November 12, 1968). "Iowa's Highway Route Numbers Revised". Des Moines Tribune.
  2. ^ a b "2009 Volume of Traffic on the Primary Road System of Iowa" (PDF). Iowa Department of Transportation. January 1, 2009. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ Road and Reference Atlas (Map) (1947 ed.). 1:1,077,120. Rand McNally & Company. 1947. pp. 42-43.
  4. ^ Iowa Department of Transportation (2011). State of Iowa Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). Ames: Iowa Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2011.

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