Iowa DOT News Release

Oversize load movements restricted during inclement winter weather

Posted on: January 09, 2011

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 9, 2011 – 6 p.m. – The Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of Motor Carrier Services is reminding commercial motor carriers that movement of permitted oversize loads is only allowed when the roadways are clear of ice and snow, and visibility is at least 1/4 mile.

The prolonged winter storm, currently moving east across the state, is expected to continue into Tuesday afternoon. Snowfall totals will range from 6-9 inches in the west and generally 3-6 inches in the east, with the lowest amounts near the Mississippi River. A few localized totals in excess of 10 inches are possible near the southwest Missouri border.

For the latest road conditions, visit: or call 511 (within Iowa)/800-288-1047 (nationwide).  Road conditions must be labeled “normal” or “wet” on the winter road condition map for travel to be permitted.

For oversize, fuel and trip permit information, call: 515-237-3264.

Iowa highway in the evening