Iowa DOT News Release

I-35/80 Douglas Avenue exit ramp to close Wednesday, May 6

Posted on: April 29, 2020

GRIMES, Iowa – April 29, 2020 – Work to widen and reconstruct pavement on southbound/westbound I-35/80 in Urbandale requires closing the southbound/westbound Interstate 35/80 exit ramp at the Douglas Avenue interchange from Wednesday, May 6, through May 23, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Grimes construction office.

The ramp closure is necessary to allow the contractor to widen and reconstruct the ramp to match up with the additional lanes being added to I-35/80 between the 100th Street interchange and the Douglas Avenue interchange as part of the Urban Loop (formerly Rider Corner) flyover project.

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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