Iowa DOT News Release

Public input requested for proposed improvements of Interstate 35 in Polk and Story counties

Posted on: June 28, 2021

AMES, Iowa – June 28, 2021 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is requesting public input for a proposed project on Interstate 35, from just north of the 36th Street interchange in Ankeny in Polk County, to approximately three miles north of Iowa 210 in Story County.

The Iowa DOT is providing two online meeting formats for public input: live and at your own pace. If you do not have access to the internet, or need assistance viewing the materials, please contact the DOT representative listed below.

Live online meeting

Date/Time: July 8, 2021 / 5:30 PM

How to Attend: At the meeting time, navigate to select the project and click on the “live meeting” link.

Description: The study team will deliver a presentation to describe the proposed project, followed by a live question and answer session with the project team. Questions submitted can only be typed into the chat box and will be read by the moderator and answered by the project team.

At your own pace online meeting:

Date/Time: Anytime between July 8 – July 19, 2021

How to Attend: Navigate to and click on “I35 Meeting Online”

Description: Experience a self-guided tour of the proposed project and submit comments and questions at any time during the comment period.

Comments and questions regarding the online meeting should be received by July 19, 2021.

For general information regarding the proposed work or online public meeting, contact Allison Smyth, P.E., assistant district engineer, Iowa DOT District 1 Office, 1020 S. Fourth St., Ames, Iowa 50010, phone 515-239-1635 or 800-899-0623, email

Visit the Iowa DOT’s project-related public involvement event website at for information about scheduled public meetings and hearings, or view and offer input on any DOT project using the new “Map Search” feature. If you would like to receive future email notifications, or submit a comment or question regarding this project, go to:


Iowa DOT ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact Tonnette R. Harris, J.D., Civil Rights Bureau Director at 515-509-8814.

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