Iowa Route 96 is a short east-west highway, situated northeast of Des Moines and Marshalltown, but southwest of Waterloo. The eastern end is just west of Traer along US Route 63. From there, Iowa Route 96 heads west through Gladbrook to end at Iowa Route 14. That western end at Iowa Route 14 is near Conrad, north of Marshalltown. As an aside, Iowa Route 8 runs at the same latitude as Iowa Route 96 and begins just to the east of it; for this reason, I don't know why Iowa Route 8 and Iowa Route 96 don't carry the same designation. (I think Iowa just doesn't like concurrencies.) Iowa Route 96 is only about 17 miles long.
My photo of an Iowa Route 96 marker comes from the east end of the marked route, along US Route 63. The guide assembly shown faces south for northbound traffic. At the intersection serving as the state route's eastern endpoint, US Route 63 bends from a northerly direction to an easterly course bound for Traer. (In Traer, US Route 63 straightens out to head northerly again, as it spawns the western beginning of Iowa Route 8.) This photo was taken on July 1, 2017, along the trip across eastern Iowa. Back to the Iowa main page. Back to the home page.