In Iowa, US Route 69 runs north-south along the entire backbone of central Iowa, right alongside the path taken by Interstate 35. It's the main north-south surface route through Des Moines. US Route 69 lies just to the east of Interstate 35 in southern Iowa, but it lies just to the west of Interstate 35 in northern Iowa. US Route 69 enters Iowa south of Lamoni and promptly crosses to the eastern side of Interstate 35. It stays near Interstate 35 and just to the east through southern Iowa, passing through Leon and Osceola. South of Indianola, US Route 69 and US Route 65 join together, through Indianola to the southern edge of Des Moines. US Route 65 leaves US Route 69 to join a new freeway around the east side of town, while US Route 69 heads north through downtown Des Moines past Interstate 80. Interstate 35 is riding Interstate 80 east to a more easterly northern freeway, meaning that US Route 69 is now west of Interstate 35. US Route 69 serves as the main north-south route through Ankeny and Ames. It stays west of Clear Lake and Mason City, passing through Forest City and Lake Mills in northernmost Iowa. US Route 69 leaves Iowa for Minnesota, heading for Albert Lea, Minnesota, where it will come to an end.
My photo US Route 69 comes from US Route 18, where US Route 69 comes from the south to join alongside US Route 18 westward. It's a short concurrency between the two routes, in the town of Garner, west of Clear Lake, Iowa. This photo shows east-facing signage showing westbound traffic on US Route 18 what's happening. This photo was taken in September 2019, as I was driving across northern Iowa. Back to the Iowa main page. Back to the home page.