Eastern half of Iowa River Drive (A26) now closed into fall ...

Allamakee County has begun a road improvement project on the easterly six miles of County Road A26 (Iowa River Drive), a stretch from near its intersection with Lycurgus Road all the way to State Highway 26, just south of New Albin (as depicted by the red line in the map image above). Work will begin on the east end by Highway 26 and go southwesterly to a bit west of the graveled Wheatland Road, a bit north of where Lycurgus Road intersects with Iowa River Drive.

This project involves grading, culvert replacements, small bridge replacement, full pavement removal areas and the milling of the asphalt surface, and the full length of the project will then be covered with new hot mix asphalt pavement. Skyline Construction from Decorah is the prime contractor for the project.

Closure of that eastern segment of Iowa River Drive began Monday, April 11, and the closure and project are expected to last into the fall. The roadway will be closed to through-traffic, and only open to necessary adjacent landowner traffic needs.

The westerly portion of Iowa River Drive, from State Highway 76 east to Lycurgus Road, will remain open. Traffic typically taking the easterly portion of Iowa River Drive to get to New Albin or La Crosse, WI will be detoured through Lansing on State Highway 9 and then north on State Highway 26 (as depicted by the green lines in the map image above that also includes Lycurgus Road). Motorists are also reminded that Wisconsin State Highway 35 is now closed between De Soto, WI and Genoa, WI for a road project, further limiting more direct paved routes to La Crosse, WI. Map image courtesy of the Allamakee County Engineer’s Office.