Government, Safety

Iowa Transportation Commission Approves Five-Year Improvement Plan

Iowa I-80 Iowa highway by Tony Webster/Flickr

The Iowa Transportation Commission approved the state Department of Transportation’s outline for projects that will be conducted over the next several years.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 18, 2018
Government, Safety

Iowa DOT’s Five-Year Transportation Plan Targets Interstates, Bridges

I-74 construction Construction on the I-74 bridge. (I-74 Mississippi Bridge)

Iowa Department of Transportation officials have unveiled a $3.4 billion plan to support roadway and bridge projects over the next five years.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 11, 2018
Government, Business

I-74 Bridge Replacement Aims to Ease Mobility in Quad Cities Corridor

Existing I-74 Bridge CTF83!/Wikicommons

The Interstate 74 bridge replacement, a tandem project of the Iowa and Illinois departments of transportation, will increase capacity and facilitate mobility on an important corridor that links the two states.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 5, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Iowa DOT Seeks Volunteers for Self-Driving Car Research

Some of Iowa’s leaders in automated vehicle research are seeking volunteers to help test the results of high-definition mapping and data collection.

Mitchell Schmidt | The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
October 10, 2017

Iowa Transportation Budget Draws Unanimous Support

Drew Tarvin/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa — As budget bills go, the Iowa Department of Transportation's $384 million operations budget is “fairly non-con,” Rep. Dennis Cohoon, the ranking Democrat on the transportation appropriations subcommittee, told colleagues April 11.

James Q. Lynch | The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
April 12, 2017

Iowa Finalizes First Freight Plan

Sean Hobson/Flickr

State transportation officials hope Iowa’s first freight plan will provide the guidelines necessary to manage a growing industry of airplanes, trains and semi-trailers.

Mitchell Schmidt | The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
July 28, 2016

Iowa Lawmakers Cut $4.85 Million From DOT Budget, Half of Original Target

Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

After threatening to slash $9.7 million from the Iowa Department of Transportation’s operating budget, the state’s Legislature voted April 29 to slice that figure in half to $4.85 million before adjourning for the year.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
May 2, 2016

Road Services Jeopardized if Proposed Iowa DOT Budget Cut Prevails

Iowa State Capitol/Fuse

Iowa’s Department of Transportation, with a $352 million operational budget, is making do with 2,699 employees — fewest in its 42-year history. And yet, in the wake of last year’s 10 cents-per-gallon fuel-tax increase, the Republican-controlled State House voted to remove $9.7 million, nearly 3%, from IDOT’s budget.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
April 27, 2016

'Let the Wookiee Win': Iowa DOT Invokes Star Wars for Highway Safety

Iowa DOT

Put down your phone while driving, you will, or to the Dark Side it will lead.

B.A. Morelli | The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
December 16, 2015

Iowa Fuel Taxes to Rise 10¢ March 1

Branstad by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill that raises state diesel and gasoline taxes by 10 cents per gallon as of March 1.

Michele Fuetsch | Staff Reporter
February 25, 2015