Iowa DOT News Release

Northbound Interstate 35 expected to open later this afternoon

Posted on: February 25, 2019

AMES, Iowa – Feb. 25, 2019 – The Iowa Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Iowa State Patrol, is expected to reopen northbound Interstate 35 from Exit 111 (U.S. 30 at Ames) north to the Minnesota border late this afternoon. Northbound I-35 will likely not be open for the start of the afternoon rush hour.

Both the Iowa and Minnesota departments of transportation have been coordinating the opening of I-35 so that there are safe routes of travel for all northbound traffic moving from Iowa into Minnesota. Please remember that you should not expect the roadway to be in normal winter driving conditions in most places. Please slow down and use winter driving skills.

Travel in these conditions can be life-threatening, If you can adjust your trip, it is recommended to do so. For traveler information anytime, visit, call 511 (within Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (nationwide). Stay connected with 511 on Facebook or Twitter at


Iowa highway in the evening