August 19, 2013

Meeting on Highway 63 bypass held

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — A public information meeting hosted by the Iowa Department of Transportation took place this past Thursday evening at Oskaloosa Middle School.

Displays were set up at several tables at OMS.

Jim Armstrong, DOT Region 5 Engineer, said they were at OMS Thursday to kick off their study and environmental assessment for a bypass of US 63 around Oskaloosa. He said they were showing on their displays the boundary area of where that will be.

Armstrong noted that they are in the initial stages of what they’ll know about the bypass, noting that the study could take two to three years to complete.

Through this process, the IDOT will seek further public input in meetings similar to the one held Thursday evening, said Armstrong.

“What we’ll do is we’ll get to a point where we’ll put alternatives for alignments for a bypass on and study those and study the impacts related to those,” said Armstrong.

The exact placement of the bypass remains to be seen.

“We don’t know where we’re going to bypass,” said Armstrong. “But, you know, we’re going to study that and we will know when we’re completed.”


Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.