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AMES, Iowa -- With snow and cold in the forecast drivers are looking for ways to keep track of road conditions.  The DOT is working to get more information to residents via social media and websites.

Real time information is also available from Channel 13 here.

At the Iowa DOT Operations Center monitors and sensors gather information about Iowa's roads 24/7.  "It monitors all traffic related info state wide," said Bonnie Castillo of the Iowa DOT Operations Center. "That includes incidents, road conditions, and construction."

Over the past few years the DOT has been developing more social media feeds to help get the information out. "we have multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts which allows the DOT to interact with the public.

The DOT has on it's 511 webpage a link to it's snowplow tracker. This year some plows are sending back photos of what they are seeing on the roads.   The DOT also now is taking questions from the public via Twitter. "If we can respond to questions right away we do otherwise the next business day," said Castillo.

Lori Lebeck of Audubon travels for her work.  "I have flexibility with my schedule, so if there is really severe weather on the roads I can stay at home," Lebeck said.  "I like four seasons and I'm just looking forward to changing into winter weather."

1 Comment

  • so be it

    Well I see Des Moines had to put solvent down overnight as we might get a slight dusting in town. Heaven knows the ground is warm enough to melt it once it hits the roads.

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