Iowa DOT News Release

Proposed bridge replacement at Morningstar Drive over I-35/80 in Polk County to be discussed Oct. 27 in Des Moines

Posted on: September 15, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Oct. 15, 2015 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Tuesday, Oct. 27, to discuss the proposed bridge replacement of the Morningstar Drive bridge over Interstate 35/80, approximately 1.7 miles west of the I-35/80/Second Avenue (Iowa 415) interchange in Polk County. 

Morningstar Drive will be closed during construction. I-35/80 will remain open except for limited closures.

All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at the Polk County Public Works, 5885 NE 14th St., in Des Moines.

The meeting will be conducted utilizing an open forum format. Iowa DOT staff will be present to informally discuss the proposed improvements. No formal presentation will be made.

The meeting space is accessible for persons with disabilities. However, if you require special accommodations at the meeting, please notify the Iowa DOT contact listed below by Oct. 22.

For general information regarding the proposed improvements or public meeting, contact Tony Gustafson, P.E., assistant district engineer, Iowa DOT District 1 Office, 1020 S. Fourth St., Ames, Iowa 50010, phone 515-239-1635 or 800-899-0623, email

Visit the Iowa DOT’s project-related public involvement event website at for information about scheduled public meetings and hearings, and opportunities to offer input to the Iowa DOT during the development of certain projects.


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