Iowa DOT News

July 2008

Iowa Railway Finance Authority approves loans for flood-damaged railroads

July 31, 2008

AMES, Iowa – July 31, 2008 – Recent floods caused major damage to Iowa’s transportation infrastructure, including our state’s railroads. Governor Chet Culver charged each state agency to look for ways to use existing programs in innovative ways to assist with flood recovery efforts. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) and Iowa Railway Finance Authority (IRFA) did just that when the IRFA, at their meeting today, approved emergency funding from the Rail Revolving Loan and Grant Program for seven railroads...

Southbound Iowa 13/U.S. 151 lanes restricted beginning Monday

July 31, 2008

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – July 31, 2008 – Work will begin Monday morning, Aug. 4, on a new turn-lane on Iowa 13/U.S. 151 in Linn County north of the Mount Vernon Road intersection. The outside southbound lane will be closed to traffic to allow room for workers to grade and pave a new right turn lane to Vernon Valley Drive. Traffic will be directed to the inside southbound lane. The closure will be in effect for approximately three weeks. Borst...

Bridge work restricts lanes on Iowa 930 in Story County

July 31, 2008

JEFFERSON, Iowa – July 31, 2008 – Bridge construction on Iowa 930 over U.S. 30 on the west edge of Ames has restricted lanes. The bridge deck will be overlayed on both eastbound lanes, but only one lane will be under construction at a time, with the second lane open to traffic. Construction is expected to be complete by mid-October. In all work zones, obey posted speed limits, allow ample space between vehicles and eliminate distractions. # Contact: John Hart...

Bridge deck patching reduces lanes on westbound I-80 in Johnson County

July 31, 2008

MANCHESTER, Iowa – July 31, 2008 – Westbound I-80 in Johnson County is scheduled to be reduced to one lane during the overnight hours beginning tonight according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Manchester construction office. The road restrictions on the bridge over Black Hawk Avenue in Johnson County, approximately 1.6 miles east of the Iowa County will be in place during evening and nighttime hours from 9 p.m. Sunday nights to 7 a.m. Monday mornings, and from 7 p.m....

U.S. 30 lane restrictions in place in Cedar Rapids

July 31, 2008

MANCHESTER, Iowa – July 31, 2008 – Patching work on U.S. 30 from Morgan Creek east to the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids has started, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Manchester construction office. The project requires reducing traffic to one lane in each through the work areas during the hours from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Sunday evenings to Friday mornings. The roadway will be returned to full use when workers are not present. Cedar Falls Construction is...

UPDATED - Lanes restricted on U.S. 69 in Belmond beginning today

July 30, 2008

BRITT, Iowa – July 30, 2008 – Road work on U.S. 69 from the north intersection with Iowa 3 east to before First Street SE in Belmond will close lanes beginning today at 11 a.m., according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Britt construction office. The hot mix asphalt joint and crack sealing project will require the roadway to be reduced to one lane during operations. Traffic will be assisted with flaggers and a pilot car. The project is expected...

Location design hearing for Iowa 92 to be held Aug. 19

July 30, 2008

AMES, Iowa – July 30, 2008 – An open forum location design public hearing will be held Aug. 19 to discuss the proposed reconstruction of Iowa 92 from Interstate 35 east to S. Kenwood Boulevard in Indianola. The purpose of this hearing is to discuss the environmental assessment (EA) completed for this project, the two alternatives carried forward and their anticipated impacts. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold the hearing at the Indianola Community Center, 2204 W. Second...

Iowa 1 now open between Solon and Mount Vernon

July 30, 2008

MANCHESTER, Iowa – July 30, 2008 – An emergency repair project to grade and replace pavement on Iowa 1 between Solon and Mount Vernon is complete and the road is now open, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Manchester construction office. Traffic on Iowa 1 has been detoured because the roadway was severely damaged during last month’s flooding from the Cedar River. # Contact: Carey Lewis, Manchester construction, at 800-262-5146 or e-mail [email protected]

Construction work closes lane of U.S. 63 Thursday

July 30, 2008

CHARITON, Iowa – July 30, 2008 – The project to widen U.S. 63 in Davis County will reduce the roadway to one lane tomorrow, July 31, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Chariton construction office. The roadway will be reduced to one lane at Davis County Road J-15. Flaggers and a pilot car will assist motorists through the work zone. This portion of the project is expected to be completed in one day, weather permitting. Use caution in a...

Motorists should be alert for Iowa 141 bridge painting starting Aug. 5

July 30, 2008

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – July 30, 2008 – Motorists traveling on Iowa 141 in Woodbury County east of Interstate 29 should use caution during a bridge painting project set to begin Tuesday, Aug. 5, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Sioux City construction office. Traffic will continue to use both lanes on Iowa 141 while the contractor paints the steel beams of the Little Sioux River bridge five miles east of I-29. Pacific Painting Co., Inc. of Munster, Indiana,...

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