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    Is I35 closed both ways near Ames?

    Or is it only southbound? How are they going to detour these drivers?


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    Re: Is I35 closed both ways near Ames?

    Quote Originally Posted by M3MEPLEASE View Post
    Or is it only southbound? How would are they going to detour these drivers?
    Last report from the DOT says only southbound lanes are closed although northbound may be following soon. The detour is US 30 east to US 65, then down to IA 330, then IA 330 to I-80 in Altoona.



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    Re: Is I35 closed both ways near Ames?

    How about US 69? Is that one open?
    If so, are they planning to keep it open?


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    Re: Is I35 closed both ways near Ames?

    Why is 35 closed? Where is the water specifically? Just south of Ames?



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    Re: Is I35 closed both ways near Ames?

    Home with a sick kid today and just heard on the scanner that the DOT is going to be closing 35 at the Elkhart exit.



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    Re: Is I35 closed both ways near Ames?

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    How about US 69? Is that one open?
    If so, are they planning to keep it open?
    I think 69 should remain open, at least from south of Ames to Ankeny. I believe it only passes over one very small creek.



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    Re: Is I35 closed both ways near Ames?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Why is 35 closed? Where is the water specifically? Just south of Ames?
    I don't know specifically where it's at, but within proximity of the Skunk River, about 2 miles south of US 30. The ditches there were full even yesterday.



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    Re: Is I35 closed both ways near Ames?

    Quote Originally Posted by M3MEPLEASE View Post
    I think 69 should remain open, at least from south of Ames to Ankeny. I believe it only passes over one very small creek.
    I tried to get into Ames this morning around 8:00. I exited I-35 at IA 210, trying to cut over to US 69 and head north through Huxley to Ames. Tons of traffic, obviously, as that is/was the only major route into town. I was cut off twice, first by a deputy who forced me back onto I-35 south, then by a Huxley officer who walked up to my car on US 69 at the four-way stop at IA 210 and told me to turn left on 210, which would not have gotten me to Ames.

    So US 69 may indeed be restricted simply due to traffic. And if it's not, leave yourself a ton of travel time.



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    Re: Is I35 closed both ways near Ames?

    northbound traffic is going to be routed off of 35 at the 1st street exit, Ankeny PD is going to assist with traffic.

    Here's a link to the 35/1st street traffic cam:

    Des Moines Area Cameras



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    Re: Is I35 closed both ways near Ames?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trice View Post
    I tried to get into Ames this morning around 8:00. I exited I-35 at IA 210, trying to cut over to US 69 and head north through Huxley to Ames. Tons of traffic, obviously, as that is/was the only major route into town. I was cut off twice, first by a deputy who forced me back onto I-35 south, then by a Huxley officer who walked up to my car on US 69 at the four-way stop at IA 210 and told me to turn left on 210, which would not have gotten me to Ames.

    So US 69 may indeed be restricted simply due to traffic. And if it's not, leave yourself a ton of travel time.
    On the plus side, I usually leave for work at 9:30 PM, so the traffic is pretty thin.


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    Re: Is I35 closed both ways near Ames?

    there's talk now on the scanner of pushing 35 closure clear down to the East Mixmaster.


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    Re: Is I35 closed both ways near Ames?

    Quote Originally Posted by garn91 View Post
    there's talk now on the scanner of pushing 35 closure clear down to the West Mixmaster.
    Do you mean the East Mixmaster? If it is the West Mixmaster, I-35/80 would be closed clear through Des Moines.



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    Re: Is I35 closed both ways near Ames?

    Quote Originally Posted by garn91 View Post
    there's talk now on the scanner of pushing 35 closure clear down to the West Mixmaster.
    West? Wow. That's another 25-30 miles from Elkhart.

    Is the 80/35 corridor closed somewhere? Or in danger? Perhaps between Merle Hay and 2nd?



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    Re: Is I35 closed both ways near Ames?

    Quote Originally Posted by stvfarmboy View Post
    Do you mean the East Mixmaster? If it is the West Mixmaster, I-35/80 would be closed clear through Des Moines.
    duh, talk about a brain fart. Yes, I should've said the East mix...sorry about that.



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    Re: Is I35 closed both ways near Ames?

    Is the back way on South Dakota still open, going through Slater?



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