Iowa – May 14, 2013 – The Iowa Department of Transportation presented the Iowa
Transportation Commission with the draft Fiscal Year 2014-2018 Iowa
Transportation Improvement Program at its meeting today. The Program reflects Iowa’s multimodal transportation system through inclusion
of investments in aviation, transit, railroads, trails and highways. The
Commission and the Iowa DOT remain committed to providing modern, safe and
efficient transportation services to the public.
A major component of the Program is the highway program, which documents
programmed investments in the Primary Highway System for the next five years. For FY 2014-2018, approximately
$2.6 billion is forecast to be available for highway right of way and
highway section was developed to achieve several objectives. The Commission’s
primary investment objective remains stewardship (i.e., safety, maintenance, modernization)
of Iowa’s existing highway system. More than $1.1 billion is programmed from FY
2014 through FY 2018 for modernization of Iowa’s existing highway system and
for enhanced highway safety features.
The highway section also includes significant interstate investments on
Interstate 29 in Sioux City, I-29/80/480 in Council Bluffs, and I-74 in
Bettendorf/Davenport. Portions of these investments address stewardship needs.
Commission and Iowa DOT continue to recognize the critical importance of an
effective and efficient interstate highway system. The interstate highways connect
all transportation systems in Iowa and allow major freight movements to occur
delivering Iowa products to the world’s marketplace.
highway programming objective is developing and constructing capacity and
system enhancement projects. The Commission remains committed to previous
highway programming actions by maintaining schedules of large multiyear
corridor improvement projects. These multiyear corridor improvement projects
include the following.
20 Woodbury County from east of Moville to Correctionville
30 Benton County from Iowa 21 to U.S. 218
30 Linn County, Mount Vernon and Lisbon bypass
52 Jackson County Mississippi River bridge replacement at Sabula
58 Black Hawk County Viking Road interchange in Cedar Falls
61 Louisa County from south of Iowa 92 to Muscatine County
100 Linn County from U.S. 30 to Edgewood Road
196 Sac County
218 Black Hawk County interchange at County Road C-57
While these previously programmed multiyear
corridor improvement projects will remain on schedule, the Commission was not
able to add additional segments of these corridors to this Program. This is the
result of flat or uncertain revenue at the federal and state level, increasing
construction costs, and the need to invest in the existing highway system.
Absent additional revenue at the state and/or federal level, the Commission
does not anticipate being able to add additional corridor projects to the
Program for the foreseeable future.
A large part of funding available for
highway programming comes from the federal government. Accurately estimating future federal funding
levels is dependent on having a multiyear federal transportation authorization
bill. The current authorization, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st
Century (MAP-21), was signed into law on July 6, 2012. However, it is only a
two-year authorization set to expire on Sept. 30, 2014, resulting in continued
federal funding uncertainty after this date.
Another major concern with federal funding is
solvency of the federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) beyond 2014. At that time, the
HTF, which is funded primarily from federal fuel taxes, will not be able to
provide funding at current levels. If this is not corrected, drastic cuts to
the federal highway program are anticipated. If this occurs, the Commission
will have to make significant changes to the Program in FY 2015 and beyond. In
fact, approximately half of the funding available for programming in FY 2015
could be impacted by this issue. As the Commission decides which projects will
be rescheduled, they will consider statewide equity, length of time a project
has been considered for programming, how many times a project has been rescheduled,
purpose of a project, whether the project is already underway, local efforts to
move forward on a project, and current conditions and need for a project.
draft Program is posted and available for public comment on the Iowa DOT's
The Commission is currently scheduled to consider approval of the Program at
its meeting June 11 in Council Bluffs.
Jon Ranney, director of the Iowa DOT’s Office of Program Management,
515-239-1500 or email@example.com