Iowa DOT News

October 2020

Parking-only rest area in Warren County to close Nov. 16 for the winter

October 30, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Oct. 30, 2020 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is announcing the temporary closure of the undeveloped rest area at milepost 51 on southbound Interstate 35 in Warren County beginning Nov. 16, 2020. The rest area is used mostly by commercial motor carriers. Because the ramp from the rest area to I-35 is on an incline, large vehicles often have trouble getting traction to merge onto I-35 during winter weather, causing a dangerous situation on the roadway....


October 29, 2020

AMES, Iowa – October 29, 2020 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is providing public notice and requesting public input on proposed improvements and right of way needs to Interstate 35 southbound lanes from north of Iowa 92 to south of the North River in Warren County. The proposed improvements include reconstruction of the southbound I-35 lanes, improvements to existing pipe culverts, and removing and replacing the overhead Hoover Street bridge. This project is a continuation of the I-35 corridor...

Plan Ahead: Construction Closures in Council Bluffs begin Wednesday, Oct. 28

October 28, 2020

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – Oct. 28, 2020 – Construction crews will be conducting emergency repairs on eastbound I-80 express lanes in Council Bluffs this week. Motorists should plan accordingly as multiple areas will be temporarily closed during repairs. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, southbound I-29/eastbound I-80, motorists traveling in the immediate area will be required to exit at the South Expressway beginning at 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, weather permitting. Eastbound I-80 express lane drivers will be required...

Iowa DOT offices closed for Veterans Day

October 28, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Oct. 28, 2020 – All Iowa Department of Transportation business locations will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Many people may be able to complete driver’s license business online at All Iowa DOT driver’s license service centers are serving customers by appointment. To make an appointment, please go to Special note to motor carriers The Office of Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services typically experiences a heavy workload on the day following...

Iowa DOT driver’s license service center in Des Moines reopens after remodeling

October 27, 2020

ANKENY, Iowa – Oct. 27, 2020 – The Iowa Department of Transportation driver’s license service center located at River Place, 2339 Euclid Ave., in Des Moines reopened today after a brief closure to update the facility allowing for additional services. This center, which had previously only served customers requesting driver’s license or ID card renewals, will now offer the following services: Knowledge testing for all license types Driver’s license and ID card renewals Non-commercial drive testing Issuance for all license...

Iowa DOT seeks comment on cooperative process related to statewide transportation planning

October 26, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Oct. 26, 2020 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is seeking your comments on the agency’s effectiveness in its process for cooperating with non-metropolitan local officials as it relates to the statewide transportation planning process. These officials are directly involved through Iowa’s 18 regional planning affiliations. Documentation of the Iowa DOT’s draft cooperative process for non-metropolitan local officials can be found at Please send your comments by Dec. 31, 2020, to [email protected] or call 515-239-1197. You...

Public input requested for proposed improvements on Iowa 27/Iowa 58

October 19, 2020

AMES, Iowa – October 19, 2020 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is requesting public input for proposed work at the Ridgeway Avenue intersection on Iowa 27/Iowa 58 from south of the eastbound ramps to north of Ridgeway Avenue in Cedar Falls in Black Hawk County. The project also includes widening of the eastbound entrance ramp at the Iowa 27 and U.S. 20 interchange. An online public meeting is now available to view on the Iowa DOT’s Public Involvement webpage:...

U.S. 65 bridges over Spring Creek and Squaw Creek in Franklin County to reopen Friday

October 15, 2020

MASON CITY, Iowa – Oct. 15, 2020 – The bridges on U.S. 65 over Spring Creek and Squaw Creek in and near Hampton are scheduled to reopen at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Mason City construction office. Detour signs and barricades will be removed during mid-morning hours and travel patterns along U.S. 65 will return to normal for north- and south bound traffic. The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with...

Iowa DOT ready for winter

October 15, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Oct. 15, 2020 – With all the challenges in 2020, one thing has remained the same - the Iowa Department of Transportation’s focus on safely getting you where you need to go. With winter approaching, we’re getting ready for whatever may come for the rest of 2020 and into the new year. How the Iowa DOT prepares for the winter travel season We use a data-driven approach partnered with the experience of our winter operations staff to...

Public meeting on Federal Recreational Trails Program to be held by conference call Nov. 16

October 14, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Oct. 14, 2020 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a meeting on the Federal Recreational Trails Program from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16. In order to maintain adequate social distancing, public participation in the meeting will be via a conference call or Microsoft Teams. This meeting of the Federal Recreational Trails Program Advisory Committee will include a brief overview of the Federal Recreational Trails Program and apportionments, program guidance, application process, and scoring...


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