I live east of Story City. Tried to scoot to Gilbert and head to west Ames via E18 and Hwy 60 this morning. Where E18 crosses Hwy 69 (about a mile south of Story City) traffic was backed up 2 miles, waiting to do that left turn. I did not wait. I turned around and got back on I-25 to head to Ankeny... just in time for I-35 to be closed.
Yep, I made it home and am staying there.
Just heard on the scanner from the Ankeny PD that the DOT will be closing 35 at the 1st Street exit. They were giving the detour, but was talking so fast that I didn't catch it.