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    I-35 Ames to Des Moines

    Heading to Des Moines shortly. Anyone been on this stretch lately? What are the road conditons? I know there is no precip. but I've heard blowing snow has caused problems.



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    Re: I-35 Ames to Des Moines

    I took it at 6 and my fiance' drove it at 7ish both were able to go 70+ with no problems.

    We were both going north from DM to Ames though.



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    Re: I-35 Ames to Des Moines

    The usual places are blowing, mainly between Huxley and the north side of Ankeny. Just slow up a bit when you see it because everyone else will. West Bound lane on 30 just East of Duff had a roll over accident this afternoon where it was kinda bad from the wind.


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    Re: I-35 Ames to Des Moines

    If anyone is in the northern part of Iowa, I drove from Ames to Cherokee and HWY 3 was brutal for blowing snow and visibility. Be safe if anyone is out there.



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    Re: I-35 Ames to Des Moines

    Well the lady on the radio earlier said there was blowing snow on I-35 and ice on I-80 north of Ames.

    So watchout, the roads are changing places...



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    Re: I-35 Ames to Des Moines

    I drove from Dsm to Ames between 5:30 and 6:30 and there were a few nasty spots of black ice. Problem was they sneak up on you when you're clipping along at 70. Then you hit these ice patches. I saw one pickup truck on it's side.


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    Re: I-35 Ames to Des Moines

    Quote Originally Posted by clone2011 View Post
    Well the lady on the radio earlier said there was blowing snow on I-35 and ice on I-80 north of Ames.

    So watchout, the roads are changing places...
    That doesn't even make sense. Did you mean East/West on I80? Or Highway 30?


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    Re: I-35 Ames to Des Moines

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone62 View Post
    That doesn't even make sense. Did you mean East/West on I80? Or Highway 30?
    I think he was joking. Re-read his post. The weatherlady probably said it incorrectly.


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    Re: I-35 Ames to Des Moines

    My point was that the weather lady said it wrong....hadn't really been paying attention to the radio, but hearing that I-80 was north of Ames got my interest



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    Re: I-35 Ames to Des Moines

    Quote Originally Posted by clone2011 View Post
    My point was that the weather lady said it wrong....hadn't really been paying attention to the radio, but hearing that I-80 was north of Ames got my interest
    We really do have some vicious winds here in central Iowa.



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    Re: I-35 Ames to Des Moines

    Not weather related, but yesterday I drove on highway 30 between Ames and Boone for probably the first time since last may. That stretch of road is in a state of disrepair to say the least. About every 15 feet there is a bump in that road. If I were a lady that might make for an enjoyable ride, but since I am not I really didn't find it much fun. I can only imagine what it would be like for someoone in a big truck, say an unloaded dump truck, to drive over that. I would think they'd be throwing up. The DOT really screwed the pooch on that one, roads should never get that bad.



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    Re: I-35 Ames to Des Moines

    Quote Originally Posted by burn587 View Post
    Not weather related, but yesterday I drove on highway 30 between Ames and Boone for probably the first time since last may. That stretch of road is in a state of disrepair to say the least. About every 15 feet there is a bump in that road. If I were a lady that might make for an enjoyable ride, but since I am not I really didn't find it much fun. I can only imagine what it would be like for someoone in a big truck, say an unloaded dump truck, to drive over that. I would think they'd be throwing up. The DOT really screwed the pooch on that one, roads should never get that bad.
    You are right; people in Boone have been complaining about this stretch for months, well before this blasted winter made a bad road even worse.



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    Re: I-35 Ames to Des Moines

    Quote Originally Posted by burn587 View Post
    Not weather related, but yesterday I drove on highway 30 between Ames and Boone for probably the first time since last may. That stretch of road is in a state of disrepair to say the least. About every 15 feet there is a bump in that road. If I were a lady that might make for an enjoyable ride, but since I am not I really didn't find it much fun. I can only imagine what it would be like for someoone in a big truck, say an unloaded dump truck, to drive over that. I would think they'd be throwing up. The DOT really screwed the pooch on that one, roads should never get that bad.
    Ames Tribune > Archives > Boone > News > DOT to address rough road conditions on U.S. Highway 30



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    Re: I-35 Ames to Des Moines

    Quote Originally Posted by burn587 View Post
    Not weather related, but yesterday I drove on highway 30 between Ames and Boone for probably the first time since last may. That stretch of road is in a state of disrepair to say the least. About every 15 feet there is a bump in that road. If I were a lady that might make for an enjoyable ride, but since I am not I really didn't find it much fun. I can only imagine what it would be like for someoone in a big truck, say an unloaded dump truck, to drive over that. I would think they'd be throwing up. The DOT really screwed the pooch on that one, roads should never get that bad.
    I actually took video, while driving in my truck with my iPhone, to show the girlfriend just how bad the ride is...



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    Re: I-35 Ames to Des Moines

    This winter has been brutal on roads. I was reading an article that discussed Polk County was doing an analysis on whether or not it was even cost effective to patch potholes until spring time. If I recall correctly, the costs to replace a pothole are not worth it when the patches only last for about 7-10 days because of the weather.


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