Iowa DOT News

July 2012

Prove it to yourself: Take the Iowa DOT’s distracted driving challenge

July 16, 2012

AMES, Iowa – July 16, 2012 – Breezing through stop signs, swerving, rear-ending other vehicles, and driving onto the shoulder or off the road…these are all signs of distracted driving. They are also behaviors that can have serious consequences, including loss of life or serious injury. The concern is highlighted by the fact that there have been 30 more fatalities so far this year in Iowa than at the same time in 2011; that is a 19 percent increase (192...

Tall corn stalks obstruct views at roadway intersections and railroad crossings

July 13, 2012

AMES, Iowa – July 13, 2012 – As Iowa’s corn crop grows taller, motorists are urged to use extra caution at roadway intersections and railroad crossings where the driver’s view may be obstructed. Iowa Department of Transportation statistics show there were 28 crashes during 2011 at rural intersections due to obstructed views by trees or crops. These crashes killed one person and caused at least 34 injuries, six of those were considered major. Jeremey Vortherms, the Iowa DOT’s state safety...

Union Pacific Railroad lends support to Iowa Transportation Museum Program

July 11, 2012

Redistributed courtesy of the Iowa Department of Transportation, a partner in establishment of Spaulding Center for Transportation: Iowa Transportation Museum through provision of Transportation Enhancement funds, and technical and historical research support. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Des Moines, Iowa – 3:00 PM, July 11, 2012 The Iowa Transportation Museum is pleased to announce receipt of a grant for $25,000 from the Union Pacific Foundation. Brenda Mainwaring, the Union Pacific Company’s Director of Public Affairs for Iowa and Nebraska, one of Iowa’s...

Live Free-Arrive Alive

July 11, 2012

AMES, Iowa – July 11, 2012 – Riders will tell you they enjoy the feeling of freedom that a motorcycle affords them. The majority of riders exercise that freedom while obeying traffic laws. And, a growing number of riders are wearing higher-visibility protective riding gear and helmets to protect their safety. Still, there is a segment of riders and motorists that are putting all highway users at risk. The fact is - the odds of being involved in a motorcycle...

Public input requested for proposed bridge replacement on Iowa 15 in Kossuth County #TopStatesIA

July 10, 2012

AMES, Iowa – July 10, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is requesting the public’s input on the proposed replacement of a bridge on Iowa 15 over Black Cat Creek, 2.9 miles south of Kossuth County Road A-42. The project provides for replacement of the bridge with a reinforced box culvert, removal of the bridge guardrail and handrail, and replacement of the bridge deck with a concrete patch. Traffic on Iowa 15 would be maintained during construction of the...

Actions taken at Iowa Transportation Commission meeting July 10 #TopStatesIA

July 10, 2012

Iowa Transportation Commission Actions taken July 10, 2012 Materials Conference Room 800 Lincoln Way Ames, Iowa Order number Title Action taken Presenter D-2013-1 Approve Minutes of the June 12, 2012, Commission Meeting in Des Moines Approved Connie Page, Commission secretary, 515-239-1242 MV-2013-2 Administrative Rule 761 IAC 615 - Sanctions Approved Paul Trombino III, director, 515-239-1111 PPM-2013-3 Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) Local Development grant – City of Hiawatha Approved Craig Markley, director, Office of Systems Planning, 515-239-1027 PPM-2013-4 Approval of...

Iowa Transportation Commission approves grant for the city of Hiawatha #TopStatesIA

July 10, 2012

AMES, Iowa – July 10, 2012 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved a Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy (RISE) Local Development grant application submitted by the city of Hiawatha. Up to $576,944 will be made available to assist in reconstruction of North Center Point Road from the railroad tracks south approximately 600 feet, which is located on the south central side of town. This project is anticipated to be completed by December 2013. This project is necessary to provide improved...

Iowa Transportation Commission approves 2013 State Aviation Program #TopStatesIA

July 10, 2012

AMES, Iowa – July 10, 2012 – The Iowa Transportation Commission today approved $5.6 million for the fiscal year 2013 State Aviation Program, which includes several subprograms detailed below. The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) will provide more than $3.2 million for aviation safety, planning and development. Projects funded through the AIP include: maintenance of aviation weather systems; runway marking; windsocks; emergency operational repairs at publicly owned airports; match for federal statewide planning studies; land-use planning; air service development; and wildlife...

Iowa Transportation Commission to hold public input meeting #TopStatesIA

July 10, 2012

AMES, Iowa – July 10, 2012 – The Iowa Transportation Commission will hold a public input meeting in Clinton Tuesday, Aug. 14, to hear about transportation matters from representatives of local government, interest groups and individuals. Items that may be discussed at the meeting include the Iowa Transportation Improvement Program; transportation policies; and highway, aviation, rail, river and transit issues. A brief business meeting will begin at 8 a.m. with the public input meeting to immediately follow. The public input...

Iowa Transportation Commission to meet July 10 in Ames

July 9, 2012

AMES, Iowa – July 5, 2012 – The Iowa Transportation Commission will hold its next business meeting Tuesday, July 10, at the Iowa Department of Transportation headquarters’ Materials Conference Room at 800 Lincoln Way in Ames. Time Title Presenter 1:30 p.m. *Approve Minutes of the June 12, 2012, Commission Meeting in Des Moines Connie Page, Commission secretary, 515-239-1242 Commission Comments Staff Comments 1:35 p.m. *Administrative Rule 761 IAC 615 - Sanctions Paul Trombino III, director, 515-239-1111 1:40 p.m. *Revitalize Iowa’s...


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