Iowa DOT News

January 2014

Iowa DOT expanding use of cameras to show road conditions

January 31, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 31, 2014 – One of the most important safety factors in an Iowa winter is the ability to judge travel conditions when making a decision on whether or not to take to the road. For more than a decade Iowans have used to help make that critical decision. But when you’re on the site and see that a road is listed as partially covered, what does that look like? Over the years the Iowa Department...

Conditions deteriorating rapidly in northern and eastern Iowa tonight

January 26, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 26, 2014 –6 p.m. The strong winds that followed today’s snowfall are causing significant travel problems in northern and eastern Iowa tonight. Due to the dangerous white out conditions, Iowa DOT snowplows have been pulled off the road east of Waterloo. Roads in that area have become impassible. Iowa DOT crews will resume operations when it is safe to do so. For the remainder of northern Iowa, travel is currently not advised and tow bans are...

High winds, light snow and plummeting temperatures could cause trouble on Iowa roadways this afternoon, tonight and tomorrow

January 26, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 26, 2014 – It looks like only the far southwest part of Iowa will be spared in the latest blast of winter weather set to roll in later today. The National weather service has issued several warnings for our state. High wind warnings are in effect for much of western Iowa. There is a blizzard warning covering much of north central Iowa running south and east to just south of Interstate 80, and most of northeast...

Bitter cold and blowing snow may create hazardous driving conditions through Tuesday

January 25, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 25, 2014 – Light snow, coupled with strong winds in northeast Iowa are expected to make travel conditions difficult throughout the afternoon and evening Sunday. Blustery conditions will be followed by bitter cold for the entire state through Tuesday. The Iowa Department of Transportation reminds travelers that blowing snow can greatly reduce visibility and cause periods of white out conditions. If you experience reduced visibility while driving, you are urged to pull off the roadway at...

New Iowa DOT blog gives the inside scoop on the agency

January 23, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 23, 2014 –The Iowa Department of Transportation is made up of nearly 2,800 of your friends and neighbors who live and work in towns all over Iowa. The agency touches nearly every aspect of transportation, some you may not have even thought of. From the roads Iowan’s drive on, to the products we use, transportation plays an integral part of everyday life. The work done at the Iowa DOT matters to every person who lives, works...

Proposed bridge replacement on Warren County Road G-76 over I-35 to be discussed Feb. 5 in New Virginia

January 22, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 22, 2014 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Wednesday, Feb. 5, to discuss the proposed bridge replacement on Warren County Road G-76 over Interstate 35 at the New Virginia exit. The improvement also includes reconstruction of the interchange ramps and approximately one-half mile of the county road. All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at New Virginia’s Community Building, 809 West St....

Jan. 30 deadline for CDL holders to comply with FMCSA regulations

January 21, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 21, 2014 - Every commercial driver’s license holder is required to self-certify to the type of driving they do, interstate or intrastate, and if applicable, submit a copy of their Medical Examiner’s Certificate to the Iowa DOT. The federal rule requires all CDL holders to be self- certified by Jan. 30, 2014, regardless of CDL expiration date. If not, the Iowa DOT must mark the driver record as not medically certified and initiate a downgrade of...

Where are the Iowa DOT snowplows? Find out now online

January 17, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 17, 2014 – One of the most common winter storm-related questions asked of the Iowa Department of Transportation is “where are the snowplows?” Now the answer to this question can be found online on either desktop or mobile devices. This snowplow map is just one tool you can access from the Iowa DOT’s website, Once on the main page, click on “plan ahead” and then “winter driving.” This page is a one-stop shop for information...

Blowing snow through Friday can create hazardous driving conditions #iatraffic

January 16, 2014

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 16, 2014 – Windy conditions with periodic gusts exceeding 30 mph will continue through Friday. Even small snow amounts of snowfall coupled with high winds can cause hazardous driving conditions. The Iowa Department of Transportation is working to clear roads, but blowing snow can cause roadways to quickly become re-covered after trucks pass through. Visibility can also be greatly reduced due to blowing snow. Iowa DOT reminds travelers that trips during severe winter weather can take...

I-90 WB Closed From Sioux Falls to Salem

January 16, 2014

This news release being sent by the Iowa Department of Transportation as a courtesy to the South Dakota Department of Transportation For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 16, 2014 Contact: Kristi Sandal, 605.773.3265 I-90 WB Closed From Sioux Falls to Salem PIERRE, S.D. – State Transportation officials are closing the westbound lanes of Interstate 90 from Sioux Falls Exit 395 to Salem Exit 364 effective immediately due to a large number of accidents blocking the roadway. I-90 WB will reopen when...


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