Road Information

Interstate 235 in Iowa    
Total Mileage in State: 13 miles
Eastern End: At I-80/I-35, in Ankeny
Western End: At I-80/I-35, in West Des Moines
Mileage covered in Photos: 13 miles
Counties covered in Photos: Polk
Major Junctions in Photos: US 69, in Des Moines
US 6, in Des Moines
I-80/I-35, in Ankeny
Control Cities in Photos: West Des Moines, Des Moines, Ankeny

Eastbound

Interstate 235 East begins here, at Exit 123 off Interstate 80 Eastbound on the southwestern end of Des Moines.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

The speed limit on Interstate 235 East starts out at 60 mph with a minimum speed limit of 40 mph.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at mile marker 0.5, as we see traffic from Interstate 35 North merging from the right.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at Exit 1B: Valley West Dr / West Des Moines  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

State-named Interstate 235 East assurance shield just east of Exit 1B.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at Exit 2: 22nd St / West Des Moines / Clive  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Another state-named Interstate 235 East assurance shield.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

A second set of speed limit signs on Interstate 235 East. Speed Limit - 60 mph, with a minimum speed limit of 40 mph.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at Exit 3: 73rd-8th St / Windsor Heights / West Des Moines  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Take Exit 4 to Historic Valley Junction.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at Exit 4: IA 28 - 63rd St / Windsor Heights  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at mile marker 4.5.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Take Exit 5B to Community Playhouse and Salisbury House and Gardens.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at Exit 5B: 42nd St / Art Center  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at mile marker 5.6.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Take Exit 6 to Drake University and Des Moines University.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at Exit 6: 31st St / Terrace Hill Historic Site  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

East of Exit 6, the speed limit decreases to 55 mph as we near downtown Des Moines. The 40 mph minimum speed limit remains in effect.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Take Exit 7A to Historic Basilica of St John and AIB College of Business.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at Exit 7A: MLK Jr Pkwy / 19th St / DSM Airport  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at Exit 7B: Keo Way / Pappajohn Sculpture Park  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Take Exit 8A to the Civic Center, Science Center, and Principal Park.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at Exit 8A: Downtown Des Moines / Iowa Events Center  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at mile marker 8.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Take Exit 8B to the State Capitol Complex and Botanical Garden.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at Exit 8B: E 6th St / Penn Ave  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at Exit 9: US 69 - E 14th St / E 15th St  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at mile marker 9.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Take Exit 10A to Sleepy Hollow Sports Park and Pleasant Hill.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at Exit 10A: IA 163 East - E University Ave / State Fairgrounds  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at mile marker 10.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at Exit 10B: To IA 163 - Easton Blvd / E University Ave  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East assurance shield after I-235 curves to the north to head for I-80 and I-35 in Ankeny. Also at this point, the speed limit increases to 60 mph once again.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at Exit 11: Guthrie Ave  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

The speed limit remains 60 mph for a bit longer on Interstate 235 East.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at Exit 12: US 6 - E Euclid Ave / Grand View Univ  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East approaching Exit 137 - 1 1/4 miles. As you can tell, this exit uses Interstate 80's mileage for numbering.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

About 3/4 mile from the junction of Interstate 80 and Interstate 35, the speed limit increases to 65 mph.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

About 1/2 mile from the junction of Interstate 80 and Interstate 35, we see these guide signs. Be in the right lane to taken Interstate 80 East toward Davenport. Be in the center lane to take Interstate 80 West / Interstate 35 South toward Council Bluffs / Kansas City, and be in the leftmost lane to go onto Interstate 35 North toward Minneapolis.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Interstate 235 East at Exit 137A: Interstate 80 East - Davenport; Exit 137B: Interstate 35 South / Interstate 80 West - Kansas City / Council Bluffs. We also see the overhead End shield for I-235 here.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

A closer view of the signage for the Interstate 80 / Interstate 35 interchange.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).

Just beyond the interchange for Interstate 80 / Interstate 35, we see this state-named Interstate 35 North assurance shield.  (Photo taken 5/29/16).