Iowa DOT updates 511 website

Travelers in the state of Iowa now have access to one, cohesive website that will help them navigate Iowa’s state and U.S. highways and interstates.

For many years, information provided by the Iowa Department of Transportation has been available in different formats. Now, a single, fully functional site is available with one click.

The new site, which can easily be viewed on any device, has been ramping up its functionality over the last year, and the final pieces were added in late June to allow the old sites to be retired. Anyone who had bookmarked the previous sites will automatically be redirected to the new

The 511 system allows you to set up an account that alerts you of activity such as construction or incidents on routes or areas you have saved. In addition, individuals can save their favorite cameras to more easily see the traffic situation on routes you want to monitor. If you had an account set up on 511, your account was transitioned to the new site back in March.

With the retirement of the final legacy 511 website, the Iowa DOT is launching a refreshed 511 logo. The 511 app for iOS and Android is also in the process of being updated and new features will be available in 2022.

As a reminder, tracks traffic incidents, highway construction and weather impacts on state and U.S. highways and interstates. Traffic events on county roads and city streets are not shown.

There will also be an adjustment made to the 511 information on Twitter. The @statewide511 Twitter posts will no longer be retweeted to the @iowadot Twitter feed. All information input into the 511 system will continue to come on the @statewide511 Twitter handle. The @IowaDOT feed will focus on traffic safety and transportation-related information. There will be no change to the regional or metro 511 Facebook or Twitter feeds.