Iowa roads

Hundreds apply for parent-taught driver’s education under new law

BY: - July 26, 2021

Parent-taught driver’s education applications are skyrocketing in Iowa after a bill that expanded the option was enacted earlier this month. The Iowa Department of Transportation has seen an exponential increase in inquiries about parent-taught options and applications to begin driver’s education from home, said Driver Education Program Coordinator Steve Stonehocker. “Before the law changed, we […]

U.S. House infrastructure bill tops $5.7B in earmarks, with $35.8M for Iowa projects

BY: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats’ highway funding bill is poised to include roughly three out of five transportation projects submitted by members, as legislators vie for their share of federal dollars through the resurrected congressional earmarks process. The 1,473 projects that made the cut were out of 2,383 that Democratic and Republican legislators requested for inclusion in […]

Senate takes aim at distracted driving with new definition, increased penalties

BY: - February 10, 2021

Iowans already can’t legally text and drive, but a bill moving through the Senate could also make some on-the-go phone calls illegal. Senate File 46 would expand Iowa law to forbid any use of an electronic communication device while driving that would take hands off the wheel. Beyond just texting, the proposed bill would include […]

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% […]