Iowa DOT News Release

511 – Its Great in the Summertime, Too

Posted on: July 01, 2013

AMES, Iowa – July 1, 2013 – With many people preparing to take to the highways for a long holiday over July 4, the Iowa Department of Transportation is reminding travelers that planning ahead is a good way to reduce travel headaches.

Iowa’s 511 service is a 24-hour/seven-days-a-week service of the Iowa DOT that provides real-time updates about weather-related road conditions, road work, commercial vehicle restrictions, traffic incidents, road closures and other events that impact traffic. 

Get highway route reports, view camera images, see weather warnings, read the messages displayed on active electronic road signs, and see traffic speeds in certain locations.

Iowa’s traveler information system, 511, is available:

For personalized route information, the Iowa DOT offers “My Routes” alerts via email and/or text message. Alerts keep travelers informed about traffic incidents, road closures and other restrictions that affect the highway routes users have preselected.   

It’s easy to subscribe to My Reports and sign up to receive the email/text alerts. Visit for simple, step-by-step instructions.


Contact: Sinclair Stolle at 515-239-1933 or


Iowa highway in the evening