Iowa DOT News

August 2020

Update: Overnight closures on westbound I-80 entrance ramps in West Des Moines begin tonight

August 13, 2020

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Aug. 13, 2020 – Maintenance and painting work on westbound entrance ramps to Interstate 80 in West Des Moines will cause overnight closures beginning Thursday, Aug. 13, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Creston construction office. The first project involves sealing pavement joints and will cause the closure of the entrance to westbound I-80 at 60th Street overnight on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 13 and 14. A second project to prepare and...

Rescheduled Iowa Transportation Commission meeting agenda for Aug. 17

August 13, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Aug. 13, 2020 – The Iowa Transportation Commission has rescheduled its monthly meeting for Monday, Aug. 17. The meeting will be held via conference/video call. The Commission postponed its monthly meeting scheduled for Aug. 11 due to the windstorm caused a power outage at the Iowa DOT complex in Ames. There will be no workshop associated with the meeting this month and the groups scheduled to present at the public input segment will now present as part...

I-80/I-380 Systems Interchange Online Meeting, Johnson County

August 13, 2020

AMES, Iowa – August 13, 2020 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is hosting an online meeting for the I-80/I-380 Systems Interchange construction. The I-80/I-380 Systems Interchange Project is a comprehensive redesign that will modernize the interchange and improve mobility and safety. This project is in Johnson County at the junction of I-80, I-380 and U.S. Highway 218. Construction for this project is expected to continue through 2024. The Iowa DOT is replacing the existing interchange with a higher capacity...

SOUTHBOUND U.S. 63 5.5 MILES SOUTH OF OSKALOOSA TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO REPAIR WORK

August 12, 2020

FAIRFIELD, Iowa – Aug. 12, 2020 – The southbound lane of U.S. 63 between the U.S.63/Iowa 92 interchange in Oskaloosa and Mahaska County Road G-71 (310th Street) north of Eddyville will be temporarily closed to traffic. A temporary repair was made to this location and the roadway reopened to traffic on Aug. 1. DOT staff have determined that a permanent repair is required. Closure of the southbound lane of U.S. 63 could begin as early as Saturday, Aug. 15, based...

Iowa DOT releases updated rest area plan

August 12, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Aug. 12, 2020 – Today the Iowa Department of Transportation released its updated long-range plan for our state’s rest areas system. Highlights of the final recommendations are as follows: 30 of the 38 exiting full-service rest areas will remain open Of those, 12 older sites to be upgraded prior to 2033 Closure of eight full-service rest areas at the end of their usable life Closure 10 smaller parking-only rest areas Upgrade and expansion of truck parking at...

Overnight closures on westbound I-80 entrance ramps in West Des Moines begin Thursday, Aug. 13

August 11, 2020

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Aug. 11, 2020 – Maintenance and painting work on westbound entrance ramps to Interstate 80 in West Des Moines will cause overnight closures beginning Thursday, Aug. 13, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Creston construction office. The first project involves sealing pavement joints and will cause the closure of the entrance to westbound I-80 at 60th Street overnight on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 13 and 14. A second project to prepare and...

UPDATED - Several Iowa DOT driver service centers closed today due to power outages

August 11, 2020

ANKENY, Iowa – Aug. 11, 2020 – If you have an appointment at one of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s driver service centers today, please note that many locations are closed due to power outages. Because there is no power, phone lines are also not functioning. 9:30 a.m. update - Power has been restored to the Ankeny location. The driver's service center is now serving customers who have appointments. The Motor Carrier and Vehicle Services center is also open. The...

Iowa Transportation Commission meeting set for Aug. 11 postponed

August 10, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Aug. 10, 2020 – The Aug. 11 Iowa Transportation Commission workshop, business meeting, and public input meeting scheduled to be held in Ames and online have been postponed due to significant power outages in Ames and other parts of the state. Notification will be sent when a new date for the August meeting is determined. # Contact: Stuart Anderson at 515-239-1661 or stuart.anderson@iowadot.us.

Interstate 35 and other roads blocked in due to overturned vehicles and storm damage

August 10, 2020

AMES, Iowa - Aug. 10, 2020 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting several Iowa roads are impassible this afternoon, including Interstate 35 in both directions between Ames and Alleman and I-680 between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City due to the severe weather. Storm damage has impacted communications to digital message boards, so incoming traffic may not be alerted to the closures as they normally would be. There is currently no detour identified for the interstate closures as several...

Iowa 31 in Woodbury, Ida, and Cherokee Counties to temporarily close Monday, Aug. 17

August 10, 2020

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Aug. 10, 2020 – A project to resurface Iowa 31 in Woodbury County from Correctionville to Washta requires closing the roadway to traffic beginning on Monday morning, Aug. 17, until November 2020, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 3 Office. During this closure, motorists will be directed around the work zone using U.S. 20, Woodbury/Cherokee County Road L-36, and Cherokee County Road C-66. Cedar Valley Construction is the prime contractor of this...

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