Iowa Department of Transportation


State DOTs Face Challenges Clearing Roads in Winter

To keep roads free of snow and ice in the wintertime requires the right mix of people, equipment and chemicals, two state departments of transportation explained recently — components that now also must include COVID-19 infection contingencies....


Iowa Finds Tools to Control Stormwater Erosion, Sediment

At the Iowa Department of Transportation, the preservation of limited natural resources is one element considered when planning construction projects. When Iowa DOT is constructing or moving a road, it often needs to move earth....


Crews Place Keystone on Iowa-Illinois Bridge

Crews are well into construction of the second arch of the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge. Construction of the new bridge began in July 2017. The westbound bridge is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2020 and the eastbound bridge in 2021....


Iowa Approves $3.6B FY 2021-2025 Transportation Plan

The Iowa Transportation Commission approved the Fiscal Year 2021-2025 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program at its meeting on June 9. The program documents investments in Iowa's multimodal transportation system covering aviation, public transit, railroads, trails and highways....


IDOT Presents Transportation Improvement Program to ITC

The Iowa Department of Transportation presented the Iowa Transportation Commission with the draft Fiscal Year 2021-2025 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program at its May 12 meeting. The program documents investments in Iowa's multimodal transportation system covering aviation, public transit, railroads, trails and highways....


Iowa DOT Prepares Its Fleet, Staff for Winter Travel Season

Another Iowa winter is around the corner. Mid-October signals the official beginning of the winter season for the Iowa Department of Transportation. Using data collected from previous winter events, the Iowa DOT is working to take a proactive approach to help keep everyone moving safely this winter....


Iowa Interchange Redesign Handles Freight

A multifaceted, $350 million highway project will give Iowa its first turbine interchange while, according to planners, improving capacity and safety and reducing congestion and delays on a major crossroads for both Iowa and the rest of the nation....


I-74 Bridge Links Illinois-Iowa 'Quad Cities'

A $1.2 billion bridge replacement is currently under way in a cooperative effort between the Iowa and Illinois Departments of Transportation. The I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project is part of an overall plan to improve the I-74 corridor from Moline, Ill., to Davenport, Iowa....


Iowa Project Finds Blue, White Lights Make Snowplows Safer

To make its snow plows more visible during blizzard conditions, the Iowa Department of Transportation embarked on legislatively approved pilot project three years ago to add rear facing blue and white lights to the already existing amber-colored lighting systems on about 200 of its snowplows in central Iowa....


Iowa Commission OKs Five-Year Plan

On June 12, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved a five-year, $3.4 billion transportation improvement plan that includes $1.8 billion for “modernizing” the Hawkeye state's existing highway system as well as adding “enhanced highway safety features,” according to the Iowa DOT....






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