Getting Here & Around
Madison County lies just off two major Interstate highways, I-80 (east/west) and I-35 (north/south). From I-80, head south from exits 100 to 117. From I-35, head west from exits 52 to 65. It’s just 35 minutes from Des Moines to the county seat, Winterset, at the center of the county. Stop off and spend some time visiting the many fascinating communities and friendly folks of Madison County. You’ll be glad you did!
With the upcoming summer construction season, we encourage all visitors to stop by the Visitor's Center or to give us a call (515) 462-1185 to get current updates on any construction projects that may occur.
***** Please Note the upcoming Hwy 169 Construction Project – 2013 *****
Iowa DOT has scheduled a highway construction project to add passing lanes and resurface Hwy 169 between Winterset and De Soto. The project is scheduled to be let for bids May 21, 2013 with estimated start date approx. June 20th. Estimated completion date is around Nov 1, 2013. Travelers should expect delays during the construction project, with Pilot cars leading cars through construction zones.
Alternate Routes: Travelers may choose to use alternate routes during the construction period for travel to Winterset.
If you are traveling from the west on I-80:
- Take Exit #100 (County road P53) go south 10 miles to Hwy 92; then East on Hwy 92 – 12 miles to Winterset.
- Take Exit #104 (Earlham Exit - County road P57) go south 11 miles to Hwy 92; then East on Hwy 92 - 10 miles to Winterset.
If you are traveling from the North, South or East on I-35:
- Take Exit#56 (Bevington Exit - Hwy 92) go West on Hwy 92 – 14 miles to Winterset.
- Take Exit #52 (St Charles Exit - County road G50) go West on G50 - 15 miles to Winterset.
If you have questions about highway routes or travel to Winterset, please call the Madison County Chamber of Commerce office @ 515-462-1185.
You are invited to stop at the Chamber Office and Welcome Center @ 73 Jefferson St., Winterset, while you are visiting Madison County. We will be glad to help you with directions to points of interest and “things to see and do” in Madison County.
Download a map of Madison County and Winterset, Iowa, that features covered bridge locations and sites from the movie, Bridges of Madison County.
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