Iowa DOT News Release

Morningstar Drive over I-80/I-35 to close April 3 for replacement #iatraffic

Posted on: March 24, 2017

GRIMES, Iowa – March 24, 2017 – Replacement of the Morningstar Drive bridge over Interstate 80/35 in Des Moines will require closing the roadway to traffic from 9 a.m. Monday, April 3, until late November 2017, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Grimes construction office.

Motorists will be detoured around the closure by using Northwest 54th Avenue, Northwest Sixth Drive, and Northwest Aurora Avenue.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.

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Contact: Danielle Mulholland at 515-986-2852 or

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