The Highway 3 bridge over the Big Sioux River near Westfield is going to be replaced this year, thanks to nearly $3.7 in stimulus dollars from the federal government.
That means a detour for travelers, starting Monday, March 30.
"We're looking at completion in mid-November," said Darwin Bishop of the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT).
In the meantime, drivers from Interstate I-90 in South Dakota will have to head north before the bridge to South Dakota Highway 48 and cross the Big Sioux River, then connect with Iowa Highway 12 near Akron to go back to Highway 3.
The bridge replacement was moved up on the DOT's schedule after the federal government pledged 100 percent of project costs.
"It definitely expedited it," Bishop said.
Dixon Construction of Correctionville will be removing and replacing the bridge.