3.5
954 reviews
100K+
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Content rating
Everyone
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About this app

Iowa 511 is the Iowa Department of Transportation's (DOT) official traffic and traveler information app for general travelers and commercial vehicle operators. The Iowa 511 app provides statewide up-to-date traffic information for interstates, U.S. routes, and state highways in Iowa. It does not include information for county roads or city streets.

FEATURES:
• Hands-free, eyes-free audio announcements of upcoming traffic events as you travel along your route
• A zoom-enabled map with tappable traffic event icons and surrounding camera views
• Near real-time updates on winter road conditions (including surrounding states), traffic incidents, construction, truck restrictions, and road closures
• Trucker Mode with resources specific to commercial vehicle operators
• Create and manage Your 511 personalized account including saved routes, areas, favorite camera views, and alerts via email and/or text.
• Travel time delays associated with traffic reports (look for the orange glowing icons)
• Current traffic speeds
• Traffic camera images and streaming video throughout the state. Sign up for an account to save your favorite cameras for easy access later.
• Snow plow camera images and locations
• Towing prohibited (tow ban) events for winter storms
• Real-time weather radar
• Weather stations with alerting for inclement weather
• Rest area locations statewide including real-time truck parking availability at rest areas and select private truck stops along I-80, and portions of I-29, I-35, I-235, and I-380.
• Weigh Station Locations
• Citizen reports via Waze
• Electronic Message Signs

NOTE: Continued use of GPS running in the background can decrease device battery life.

Distracted Driving
The primary responsibility of every driver is the safe operation of their vehicle. While traveling, mobile communication devices should be used only when the motor vehicle is at a complete stop off the traveled portion of the roadway. Do not text and drive (it's against the law) or use this app while driving.

We welcome your feedback on this app. Please email your suggestions, questions, or concerns to 511Feedback@iowadot.us.

The Iowa DOT's privacy policy can be found at https://iowadot.gov/policies_and_statements/privacy-policy
App developed by Castle Rock Associates https://www.castlerockits.com/
Updated on
Feb 21, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
Learn more about how developers declare sharing
This app may collect these data types
App activity and App info and performance
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

3.4
897 reviews
Teri Butterbaugh
January 10, 2024
The old version was great. The new password protected version is awful. I usually open the app because I need information quickly. Now it needs a password, and opens showing Africa. I have to update location-which shows all of North America, then zoom it in to show Iowa. It's absolutely ridiculous. Simpler was better!
2 people found this review helpful
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Iowa Department of Transportation
January 13, 2024
Hi, You don't need to log in to view anything. That's only for saving routes, cameras, and signing up for notifications. You will need to enable location permissions for it to know your loc. Tap the location circle in the upper rt corner to zoom to your loc. By default it will open to the loc you were at last. Hope you will give it another try.
Shannon
January 29, 2023
Last winter '21/'22, I was able to see the plows cams and road conditions on the non-major roads. This year, I can't. I live on a rural road and hoping to be able to use those app like last year but since the app has changed to don't look at as much. Plus plow cams aren't as available to see. -edit whoever reads these reminded me that I also had been looking at my county's track-a-plow page. Oops. So I am changing my rating from a 2 to a 4.
6 people found this review helpful
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Iowa Department of Transportation
January 28, 2023
Hi, We only show our Iowa DOT plows and their plow cams - nothing has changed with that since we started sharing them several years ago. You'll only see them on our interstates, US & state highways, not city or county roads. Maybe you were seeing them in a different app? To see the plows and plow cams, turn on the layers.
Sweet Rogue
November 29, 2022
I use this app in the winter to check my commute route, so I haven't used it in a year. I must say, the current version's UI is awful. I don't want to use this for GPS, I want to see the road conditions with the legend visible without having to open a side window. Last year's version was much easier to use, and you didn't need to mess with it while driving. You also cannot back out of the app to close it, you have to force close it.
43 people found this review helpful
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Iowa Department of Transportation
November 29, 2022
Hi, we really appreciate the feedback. These are all things we've been hearing since the first storm and are looking to make changes. Watch for an update in the app store in the coming weeks. If you have any other feedback, please contact us at 511Feedback@iowadot.us.

What's new

** New Feature: Push Notifications ** Your511 users, get lightning-fast push notifications for your saved routes or areas. Head to your Favorites, Locations, then Edit the saved route or area and toggle on Push Notifications. Easy peasy!

• Made some look-and-feel improvements to Dark Mode.