AMES, Iowa – March 11,
2013 – 9 a.m. update – Travel conditions in west and northeast Iowa improve as the
storm moves out of Iowa. The
National Weather Service’s forecast includes blustery northwest winds from 15
to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph, through this afternoon.
conditions: The 511 system is currently reporting roads in the
Correctionville, Denison and Ida Grove areas are now open. Iowa 10 near
Peterson is expected to be open before noon. Iowa 141 between Iowa 75 near
Mapleton and Iowa 183 near Ute is reduced to one lane due to blowing snow. Roads
in western and northeast Iowa are partially to completely snow covered.
Don’t Crowd the Plow:
The Iowa DOT reminds
the public that sharing the roadways with slow-moving snow removal equipment
requires drivers to exercise extra precautions.
you plan to travel today:
Make sure a winter survival kit or emergency supplies are stowed in your
vehicle with sufficient resources for all passengers. A mobile phone should
also be carried for emergency use only. Don’t talk, take photos/video or text
while driving. Persons
should continue to exercise caution when traveling as the pavement can go quickly
from wet to icy due to the snow blowing across the roadways. East-west roadways
are particularly vulnerable.
part in Iowa’s traffic information social network.
The Iowa DOT continues to urge motorists to provide feedback on travel
conditions via Twitter and Facebook, while stopped in a safe location and not
- Geotag photos and video: All smartphones have a global
positioning system because of enhanced 911 service. If you are a social
media user who likes to share photos and video during winter storms, be
sure the geotagging feature on your mobile device is enabled. Then the
location of where your photo/video was taken will be tagged.
- Follow us: All traffic-related news releases and traffic
incident reports are posted on the Iowa DOT’s Twitter accounts. Search for
either @iowadot or @statewideia511.
- Use the traffic hashtag: The Iowa DOT is using the
hashtag #iatraffic during this event and recommends that other
Twitter users do the same to find relevant tweets using that key phrase.
- Tell us what you are seeing: Your information could be
invaluable to others who are considering travel. You can also be another
set of eyes for the Iowa DOT. When posting to Twitter, reference @iowadot
in your post. Tag us in your posts and photos on Facebook.
The Iowa DOT
offers travel information anytime by visiting http://www.511ia.org
or calling 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide).