Iowa 511 4+

Iowa Department of Transportation

Designed for iPad

    • 3.2 • 434 Ratings
    • Free



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.

• 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

The Iowa DOT's privacy policy can be found at
App developed by Castle Rock Associates

What’s New

Version 5.7.82

** Embrace the darkness: Dark Mode has arrived! ** To activate it, go to the 3 horizontal lines button, then App Theme.

** 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!

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
434 Ratings

434 Ratings

Kdhoov ,

New isn’t always right

The old 511 app at least let you look at a glance-you knew what all the roads were like. then you could narrow down to the ones that you would be on-which would usually be a secondary road. now you don’t even have that option of looking and deciding which way to go-because all you get our main roads. At least, that is what I have found the last few days. The destination is nice;but even if you put it in the Fort Dodge hospital and it gives you an option to pick one address-it still says no. maybe I need to play with it more??

Developer Response ,

Hi, Are you talking about viewing the road conditions? If so, we had a bug that prevented road conditions to show up if you were zoomed out and had the Construction layer turned on. The fix was released in the app store on Wednesday (11/16). Let us know if that doesn't fix your issue. As far as the search issue, we're using Google Maps search in the app, and I'm seeing the same results on Google Maps. If you have more questions or need any help please reach out to us at

IowaStinks ,

Change is not good

Your change on the app is for the worst! ! The old App was much better. Would like to go back if I could! I don’t need that location to show up every time I use it. If I’m traveling in Iowa I don’t need the location to be on the front screen! I don’t see how to cancel it off the screen, if you can! Harder to navigate! Needs a lot of changes!

Developer Response ,

Hi, We've been listening to our user's feedback and actually have an update coming out early next week (approx 12/27) that will remove the "where to" search bar. We'd love to hear more of the things you don't like so we can better our app for our users. Please email us at

I'mOutWanderingAround ,

Thank you!

This is one of the things I love about living in Iowa. Four seasons are wonderful, but the havoc that can be played by mother nature is sometimes terrifying. 511 takes the guesswork out of the dangers of driving during storms. The video cameras show real time footage of road conditions on all major thoroughfares. It's one thing too read that roads are partially covered, but it's another much better thing to actually see the condition of the road. A picture is worth 1000 words!

App Privacy

The developer, Iowa Department of Transportation, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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