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AMES, Iowa - Northbound I-35 from exit 111 at Ames to the Minnesota border was reopened at 5 pm Monday.

The Iowa Department of Transportation says officials in both states are working together to ensure the safety and mobiltiy of drivers.  The Iowa DOT says most parts of the interstate are have not been restored to normal winter driving conditions.  Motorists are asked to please slow down and use caution.

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AMES, Iowa – Southbound I-35 from the Northwood exit reopened at noon Monday.

The Iowa Department of Transportation says winter conditions will still make travel difficult and northbound I-35 will remain closed. The DOTs and State Patrols in both Iowa and Minnesota are working together to assure a safe flow of traffic between the two states and hope to reopen northbound I-35 by late Monday afternoon.

The Iowa DOT says large trucks looking for a place to park until northbound I-35 opens are asked to use the parking lots at Prairie Meadows in Altoona or Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Any vehicles that do use Hilton Coliseum must be moved by 4 pm Monday due to the Iowa State men’s basketball game.

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The following was released by the Iowa DOT this morning:

AMES, Iowa – FEB. 25, 2019 – The Iowa Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Iowa State Patrol, is stating that Interstate 35 north of the U.S. 30 interchange at Ames will likely remain closed through this morning’s commute. Crews are diligently working to reopen the roadway which is still experiencing extensive drifting in many areas.

Interstate 35 is also closed across the Minnesota border. Officials in both states are coordinating operations and the opening to ensure the safety and mobility of drivers moving between the two states.

The Iowa DOT will issue a notification when I-35 will be safely reopened. Once the interstate does open, winter conditions on the roadway will still make traffic difficult. Please slow down and use caution.

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