Iowa Highway 60

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Iowa Highway 60

Iowa 60 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Iowa DOT
Length58.771 mi[1] (94.583 km)
ExistedJanuary 1, 1969 (1969-01-01)–present
Major junctions
South end
US 75 / US 75 Bus. at Le Mars
Major intersections US 18 near Sheldon
North end MN 60 near Bigelow, Minn.
CountryUnited States
Highway system
US 59 US 61
Iowa 32Iowa 33 US 34

Iowa Highway 60 (Iowa 60) is a north–south state highway in northwest Iowa. The highway runs at a southwest-to-northeast angle. The southern end of Iowa Highway 60 is near Le Mars at a freeway interchange with U.S. Highway 75 and U.S. Highway 75 Business. Its northern end is at the Minnesota border just south of Bigelow, Minnesota, where the highway continues in Minnesota as Minnesota State Highway 60.

The highway was designated on January 1, 1969, when it replaced Iowa 33. It was renumbered to provide a continuous number across the state line into Minnesota. Since 2004, the highway has been upgraded to expressway status, with some freeway sections, as part of a highway corridor connecting Sioux City with the Twin Cities metropolitan area in Minnesota.

Route description

Iowa 60 begins north of Le Mars at an interchange with U.S. Highway 75 (US 75) and its business loop. Northbound Iowa 60 is a continuation of northbound US 75, while northbound US 75 traffic must exit to continue on that route. Iowa 60 heads to the northeast adjacent to the Floyd River along a four-lane expressway. Over its first 13 miles (21 km), it passes the small town of Seney and acres (hectares) of farmland until it reaches Alton.[2]

It continues northeast, bypassing Hospers and Sheldon. On the Sheldon bypass, it meets U.S. Highway 18. It proceeds north and bypasses Ashton, then continues northeast to bypass Sibley, where it meets Iowa Highway 9. The highway continues northeasterly until ending at the Minnesota border just south of Bigelow, Minnesota.

Exit list

PlymouthAmerica Township0.0000.000120

US 75 / US 75 Bus. south – Le Mars, Sioux City, Sioux Center
Freeway continuation past interchange; exit number is based on US 75 exit numbering
SiouxNassau Township13.31721.43212Alton
To Iowa 10 – Alton, Orange City
Access via unsigned Iowa 450 (450th Street); serves Orange City Area Hospital
county line
township line
Iowa 60 Business / CR L26 (2nd Avenue)
O'BrienCarroll Township32.81752.81433Country Club Road
US 18 (Park Avenue) / Iowa 60 Business – Spencer
OsceolaWest Holman Township48.86178.634482nd Avenue
East Holman Township51.58883.02351 CR A22 – SibleyAccess to Osceola Community Hospital
East HolmanWilson
township line
53.57686.22253 Iowa 9 – Rock Rapids, Spirit Lake
Wilson Township58.77194.583

MN 60 east / CSAH 2 west
Continuation east into Minnesota as MN 60
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related route

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Iowa Highway 60 Business


Iowa Highway 60 Business serves Sheldon, following the old route of Iowa 60 north into Sheldon, then turning east on U.S. 18 to return to Iowa 60.


  1. ^ a b 2009 Volume of Traffic on the Primary Road System of Iowa (PDF) (Report). Iowa Department of Transportation. January 1, 2009. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Iowa Department of Transportation (2010). State of Iowa Transportation Map (PDF) (Map). Ames: Iowa Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 13, 2010.

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