Iowa DOT News Release

Iowa Transportation Commission approves plan to guide future transportation spending

Posted on: May 09, 2017

AMES, Iowa – May 9, 2017 – One hundred years ago, Iowa’s first interurban highway was paved between Mason City and Clear Lake. Since that time, transportation has evolved significantly.

The state transportation plan, Iowa in Motion 2045, adopted today by the Iowa Transportation Commission will guide future investment and better position the state for the coming decades. The plan and related information can be viewed at:  

Iowa will be a much different place in 2045, and these changes will require a targeted, strategic approach to maintaining the state’s vast transportation system. The population is urbanizing, aging, and becoming more diverse. The economy is growing, but traditional employment sectors are changing. Automated vehicle technologies will greatly impact the movement of both people and freight.

How will the state of Iowa adjust to these changes? Where might the state have a need for expanded highways? What could be done to better accommodate on-road bicycling? Do we have enough money to support a well-maintained bus fleet? Answers to these questions and many more are in Iowa in Motion 2045.

If you have questions about Iowa in Motion 2045, please contact the Office of Systems Planning, Iowa Department of Transportation, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50010, telephone 515-239-1520, or email


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