Iowa DOT News Release



Actions taken by the Iowa Transportation Commission at its May 9 meeting in Ames

Posted on: May 09, 2017

AMES, Iowa – May 9, 2017 – The Iowa Transportation Commission (Commission) approved the following items during its meeting today at the Iowa Department of Transportation’s headquarters in Ames.

Order
number

Title

 

Actions
taken

 

Presenter

D-2017-67

Election of Officers

 

John Putney, elected chair

Kathy Fehrman, elected
vice chair

(see linked biographies)

 

Daniel Huber, chair

D-2017-68

Approve Minutes of the April 11, 2017, Commission Meeting

 

Approved

 

Danielle Griggs,
Commission secretary,
515-239-1919

MV-2017-69

Administrative Rules: --761 IAC 405, Salvage
-761 IAC 450, Motor Vehicle Equipment

 

Approved

 

Mark Lowe, interim director,
Iowa DOT,
515-239-1111

PPM-2017-70

Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) – Osceola County

 

Approved
(details below)

 

Craig Markley, director,
Office of Systems Planning,
515-239-1027

PPM-2017-71

State Transportation Plan: Iowa in Motion 2045

 

Approved
(see linked news release)

 

Garrett Pedersen,
Office of Systems Planning,
515-239-1520

PPM-2017-72

Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Intercity Bus Grant Program

 

Approved

 

Ryan Ward,
Office of Public Transit,
515-239-1027

PPM-2017-73

Draft 2018-2022 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program

 

(see linked news release)

 

Stuart Anderson, director,
Planning, Programming and Modal Division,
515-239-1661

In addition to the election of officers, the Commission welcomed Nancy Maher and Tom Rielly, new members appointed by Gov. Terry Brandstad. The seven-member Iowa Transportation Commission develops a comprehensive transportation policy and plan for the state of Iowa, identifies transportation needs, and develops programs to meet those needs. Of the seven commissioners, no more than four people can represent the same political party. Each member of the Commission is nominated by Iowa’s governor and confirmed by the Iowa Senate for a four-year term.

RISE grant application approved
The RISE program was established to promote economic development in Iowa through construction or improvement of roads and streets. Iowa cities and counties are eligible for funding in the form of a grant, loan, or combination thereof. Projects must involve construction or improvement of a public roadway. There are two RISE project types: 1) Immediate Opportunity, and 2) Local Development. More information is available at www.iowadot.gov/systems_planning/rise.htm.

Osceola County: Up to $209,000 from the county share of the RISE Fund was approved for an Immediate Opportunity grant to assist in the construction of approximately 4,687 feet of Tyler Avenue and a right-turn lane on Iowa 9 located east of Ocheyedan in Osceola County. This project is necessary to provide access to the proposed site of a Cooperative Farmers Elevator feed mill, to support the creation of 19 new full-time jobs and more than $27 million in associated capital investment. This project is anticipated to be completed by November 2018.

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