Iowa DOT News Release

Parking-only rest area in Warren County to close Nov. 9 for the winter #iatraffic

Posted on: October 30, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Oct. 30, 2015 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is announcing the annual winter closure of the undeveloped rest area at milepost 51 on southbound Interstate 35 in Warren County beginning Nov. 9, 2015.

The rest area is used mostly by commercial motor carriers. Because the ramp from the rest area to I-35 is on an incline, large vehicles often have trouble getting traction to merge onto I-35 during winter weather, causing a dangerous situation on the roadway.

The rest area is expected to reopen in late April 2016.

Watch for the exact time of the closure on Nov. 9.


Contact: Steve McMenamin at 515-239-1680 or

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