Iowa Department of Transportation

Wrong-way drivers lead to $1.4M overhaul of interchanges

BY: - July 21, 2021

Wrong-way drivers kill an average of four Iowans a year, prompting a $1.4 million effort to overhaul 165 interchanges with new signs and pavement markings.  The Iowa Department of Transportation also has installed about 50 traffic cameras, with 10 more to come later this year, to study how and why drivers are steering into oncoming […]

DOT: More than 60% of Iowa’s bridges ‘fair’ or ‘poor’

BY: - June 17, 2021

More than 60% of Iowa’s bridges remain in fair or poor condition, a new state report shows.  The Iowa Department of Transportation noted that even bridges rated as “poor” are not necessarily unsafe. “The poor category does not indicate there is a safety issue,” the DOT report said. “Poor bridges have deterioration or damage that […]

Pandemic turns Iowa into speedway, traffic fatalities rise

BY: - June 8, 2021

The state is looking to strengthen its driver’s license requirements after a surge in both speeding and traffic fatalities, officials said Tuesday. One reason: Patrol officers say lately they’ve seen some of the riskiest driving of the past century. The Iowa State Patrol plans several days of added enforcement of traffic laws this week and […]

DOT: Will legalized pot from other states lead to accidents in Iowa?

BY: - April 19, 2021

The Iowa Department of Transportation is worried about accidents involving drivers high on pot they bought legally in other states. Iowa DOT noted in a news release that since Colorado made recreational pot use legal, the state has seen an increase in related crashes. In 2018, 13.5% of drivers involved in fatal crashes state tested […]

Amtrak proposes expansion to Iowa City, but state still has no funding

BY: - April 7, 2021

Decades-long efforts to expand high-speed train service across Iowa appear to be sidetracked despite Amtrak’s plan to serve Iowa City.  Amtrak’s CEO recently released a long-range plan map that included a link from the Quad-Cities to Iowa City. That is part of a Chicago-to-Omaha route, envisioned since at least 1996, that also would pass through […]

Broadband package advances after ‘Workday’ dig

BY: - February 16, 2021

A pair of broadband bills continued to advance in the Iowa Legislature Tuesday. The most high-profile is related to Gov. Kim Reynold’s proposed $450 million matching grant program through 2025.  Senate Study Bill 1089 cleared the Senate Commerce Committee. Two Democrats who supported the bill asked for further action on the legislation.  Senate Minority Leader […]

DOT to dole out nearly $122 million in pandemic relief cash

BY: - February 9, 2021

Iowa’s roadways and trails across the state are in line for $121.9 million in project cash from the latest federal pandemic relief bill. The Iowa Department of Transportation staff is recommending the state use $5 million for competitive trail grants. The rest of the money would be divvied among state and local governments. The DOT […]

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Lawmakers refused to fund no-bid contracts before Reynolds used federal virus aid

BY: - October 21, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds decided to use $21 million in federal pandemic relief aid to pay for unrelated no-bid contracts with a hand-picked software company after lawmakers declined to make the appropriation. The software company, California-based Workday, has ties to current and former members of Reynolds’ staff. The decision to use the money intended to help […]

DOT: State payments to cities, counties for roads down $3 million

BY: - September 11, 2020

Iowa cities and counties will get $3 million less than last year for road projects based on fuel and vehicle purchases and registrations, the Iowa Department of Transportation reported Friday. But that means the Road Use Tax Fund is in better shape than expected after the COVID-19 pandemic reduced travel in Iowa, DOT administrators Stu […]

Iowa DOT plans to close eight rest areas, add truck parking in $100M plan

BY: - August 12, 2020

The state plans to close more than one-fifth of its full-service rest areas, mostly over the next eight years as part of a $100 million, 30-year update of the system, the Iowa Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.  The state also plans to close 10 parking-only sites while expanding overall truck parking at rest stops by […]

DOT doles out $3.9 million in Volkswagen settlement grants

BY: - July 21, 2020

The Iowa Department of Transportation has awarded $3.9 million in grants for 46 projects from a settlement with Volkswagen. Volkswagen agreed to settle some of the allegations brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA alleged the company violated the U.S. Clean Air Act by selling vehicles with “defeat devices” intended to lower vehicle emissions […]

COVID-19 takes $100 million bite out of road money

BY: - July 14, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is expected to cause a $100 million dip in road use taxes used for local governments from June to October this year, the Iowa Department of Transportation reported.  That amounts to a 20% drop in revenue for street projects, possibly delaying some work.  The state and local governments can expect a 10% […]