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Public input requested for proposed improvements on Iowa 146 in Poweshiek County

January 04, 2023

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 4, 2023 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is requesting public input for proposed improvements to the Iowa 146 / F-62 intersection near Searsboro in Poweshiek County Construction of the project is expected to begin in 2023. Through traffic on Iowa 146 will be detoured to Poweshiek County Road T-38, Interstate 80, Poweshiek County Road F-57, and U.S. 63. For more information, see the website listed below. For general information regarding this project, contact, Allison Smyth,...

Surplus furniture sale at Iowa DOT on Jan. 5

December 27, 2022

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 27, 2022 – Are you looking for affordable office furniture? The Iowa Department of Transportation will sell surplus office furniture for $20 each piece (tax included) at our main complex in Ames. WHEN: January 5 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: 800 Lincoln Way in Ames – Northwest wing Please enter from South Oak Avenue. Directional signs will be posted. See a map of the sale location. Items for sale for $20 (tax included) are...

Northbound Interstate 35 slowly opening, southbound opening later this morning

December 24, 2022

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 24, 2022 – 8:15 a.m. - The Iowa Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Iowa State Patrol, is beginning to open northbound Interstate 35. The roadway was closed yesterday afternoon between Ames and Clear Lake because of extremely hazardous driving conditions. Due to significant drifting snow, the southbound lanes remain closed at this time. It’s going to take some time for our crews to get through drifts, so please be patient. We anticipate it taking a few more...

Guidance on Truck Parking and Traveler Services Due to Closure of Interstate 35

December 23, 2022

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 23, 2022 – Earlier this afternoon north- and south-bound I-35 was closed at Exit 111 (U.S. 30) in Ames to Exit 194 (U.S. 18) at Clear Lake due to dangerous driving conditions. The interstate is expected to be closed until Saturday. Northbound I-35 travelers who are near the Des Moines metro should seek shelter in the Des Moines area where more traveler services and truck parking is available rather than continuing north to Ames. If you...

Iowa DOT to close a portion of Interstate 35 and pull snowplows due to hazardous conditions

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 23, 2022: 3 p.m. – Road conditions have become extremely hazardous in northern portions of the state making travel in some areas impossible. Closure of a portion of I-35 near Ames to Clear Lake The Iowa Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Iowa State Patrol, has closed north- and south-bound I-35 at Exit 111 (U.S. 30) in Ames to Exit 194 (U.S. 18) at Clear Lake. If you are headed northbound, barriers have been activated...

Prepare for possible closure of Iowa 415 bridge over Saylorville Lake Dec. 22 and 23

December 20, 2022

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 20, 2022 – If you are traveling in the Polk City area later this week, you should be prepared for emergency closures of the Mile Long Bridge on Iowa 415 over Saylorville Lake. The Iowa Department of Transportation may need to close the bridge due to high winds from approximately 12 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22 through Friday, Dec. 23. Check the 511 Traveler Information System for closure information, as the closures may happen any time...

Iowa 92 bridge over the North Skunk River east of Rose Hill is open to traffic

FAIRFIELD, Iowa – Dec. 20, 2022 – If you are traveling on Iowa 92 in Mahaska County today you will now be able to travel across the Iowa 92 bridge over the North Skunk River east of Rose Hills. The Iowa Department of Transportation will continue work on the next phase of the project in the spring as crews install permanent guardrail, finish grading, and final striping. At that time, you will likely see some lane closures and use of...

Iowa’s new driver safety campaign encourages you to look beyond yourself to make safer driving decisions

December 19, 2022

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 19, 2022 – When you’re behind the wheel on Iowa’s roads, you make decisions that impact you and those who share the road with you. The reasons to make safe driving decisions are the basis of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s new public safety campaign, What Drives You. Deciding to drive too fast, not wearing your seatbelt, using your phone when you’re driving, or getting behind the wheel after you’ve had a few drinks can have...

Actions taken at Iowa Transportation Commission Tuesday, December 13

December 13, 2022

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 13, 2022 – The Iowa Transportation Commission approved the following items during its meeting today in Ames. Business meeting actions taken Tuesday, Dec. 13 Order Number Title Action taken Presenter D-2023-37 Approve Minutes of the Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 Commission Meeting Approved Danielle Madden, Commission assistant, 515-239-1919 SO-2023-38 FY 2024 Traffic Safety Improvement Program Recommendations Approved (Link to news release) Jan Laaser-Webb, Transportation Engineer Administrator, Traffic and Safety Bureau, 515-239-1349 TD-2023-39 Linking Iowa’s Freight Transportation System...

Iowa Transportation Commission approves FY 2024 Traffic Safety Improvement Program projects

­­AMES, Iowa – Dec. 13, 2022 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved $7,901,027 in total funding for 30 separate projects from Iowa’s Traffic Safety Improvement Program. The program was created in 1987 for the purpose of increasing traffic safety on all of Iowa’s roadways. This funding is available for use on institutional, city, county, or state roads through an annual application process. The map below shows project locations for FY 2024 TSIP. The complete list of projects can be...

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