Iowa DOT News

Interstate 35 now open from Ames to Mason City #iatraffic

AMES, Iowa – Feb 9, 2016 – The Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa State Patrol have reopened north and southbound Interstate 35 from Ames to Clear Lake and Mason City. The road was previously closed due to blowing snow which created extremely hazardous driving conditions.

While the roadway is open, winds will continue to be gusty throughout the day causing blowing snow. Travelers should expect areas of low visibility and patches of snow covered roadways making driving potentially dangerous. Motorists are urged to monitor weather and road conditions before traveling and evaluate the necessity of trips. Often, the safest option is to skip the trip all together.

For road condition information or to check out the view from stationary cameras, visit the Iowa 511 website at You may also call 511 within Iowa, or 800-288-1047 from outside the state. Tow ban information can be found on the full-featured version of the website. To see photos of conditions on the roadway from the dash of an Iowa DOT snowplow truck or plow locations visit


For media access to an Iowa DOT Highway Division spokesperson during this winter event, call 515-233-7960.


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