Iowa DOT News Release

Traffic incident response open house TODAY in Ankeny

Posted on: November 13, 2017

AMES, Iowa - Nov. 13, 2017 - Today is the start of National Traffic Incident Response Week. Join us for an event this afternoon in Ankeny to showcase how Iowa’s first responders work together to keep everyone safer on Iowa roads. 

WHAT: Emergency first responder open house. See emergency response vehicles up close and talk to responders about how they work together to clear incidents quickly. Visit with emergency professionals and view their equipment. Participants include:

  • Iowa Department of Transportation Maintenance
  • Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement
  • Iowa Department of Public Safety – Iowa State Patrol
  • Local Fire Department
  • Local Emergency Medical Services
  • Hanifen Towing

WHEN: Nov. 13, 2-4 p.m.

WHERE: Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division, 6310 E. Convenience Blvd., Ankeny. in the commercial motor vehicle testing lot north of the Iowa DOT building

WHO: Media and the general public


The Iowa DOT will be offering guided tours of the agency’s Traffic Management Center. Anyone interested in a tour should gather on the west side of the building. Tours include a look at the wall of video monitors, a chance to chat with those who handle incidents 24/7/365, and a look at how the Iowa DOT manages incidents and coordinates responses.

There will also be a video presentation of a crash, highlighting all the elements that came together seamlessly to make the incident safer for everyone.


Contact: Bonnie Castillo at 515-237-3372 or

Iowa highway in the evening