Iowa DOT News

November 2012

Farley, Iowa, man pleads guilty to violation of recycler law and fraudulent practice

November 29, 2012

AMES, Iowa – Nov. 29, 2012 – Roger Aaron Brandenburg, 46, of Farley, entered a plea of guilty Oct. 18, 2012, in Dubuque County court to one count of operating as a motor vehicle recycler without obtaining a license from the Iowa Department of Transportation and one count of fraudulent practice in the fifth degree for underreporting the purchase price of a motor vehicle at the time of titling. The charges were a result of an investigation conducted by the...

Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission to meet Nov. 29

November 28, 2012

AMES, Iowa – Nov. 28, 2012 – The Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) will hold its quarterly meeting Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Button Factory Museum, 117 W. Second St., Muscatine. Time Title 10 a.m. Roll call Introduction of Mark Lawson, new Jackson County commissioner Approval of Sept. 28 meeting minutes* Treasurer’s report Corridor Management Plan fundraising report and update Update on the spring 2013 national planning meeting 1 p.m. Adjourn *Action item Contact: Troy Siefert, Iowa Department of...

Flashing yellow light in operation east of New London on U.S. 34/Iowa 163 beginning Nov. 29

November 27, 2012

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa – Nov. 27, 2012 – A flashing yellow light has been installed and will be operational beginning Friday, Nov. 29, at the east entrance to New London alerting motorists on Des Moines Henry Avenue to use caution when approaching the intersection of U.S. 34/Iowa 163 and Des Moines Henry Avenue (Henry County Road X-30), according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Mount Pleasant construction office. The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed...

Chicago to Omaha Regional Passenger Rail System Planning Study open house public hearings announced

November 26, 2012

AMES, Iowa – Nov. 26, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation, in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration and Illinois Department of Transportation, has scheduled in-person public hearings and online, self-directed meetings for the Chicago to Omaha Regional Passenger Rail System Planning Study. Public input will be sought on the Draft Tier 1 Service Level Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), including the project’s purpose and need, all reasonable alternatives, the affected environment, and the potential environmental impacts of the alternatives...

Iowa Transportation Commission approves FY 2014 Traffic Safety Improvement Program projects

November 21, 2012

AMES, Iowa – Nov. 20, 2012 – The Iowa Transportation Commission recently approved the fiscal year 2014 Traffic Safety Improvement Program projects. More than $9.7 million in safety improvements were approved for 50 projects. The complete list of projects can be found at Note: If the total project amount listed is greater than the grant amount, the recipient will be responsible to provide additional funding. # Media contact: Jeremey Vortherms at 515-239-1267 or [email protected].

Driving dangers compounded over Thanksgiving holiday

November 20, 2012

AMES, Iowa – Nov. 20, 2012 – A combination of winter weather, impaired drivers and other factors have proven deadly on Iowa highways during past Thanksgiving holiday weekends. Over the last decade, traffic fatality data shows the Thanksgiving holiday (Wednesday noon to midnight Sunday) as having the highest number of highway fatalities of the six different holiday periods tracked by the Iowa Department of Transportation. In the last two years, 12 people were killed in traffic crashes over the extended...

Subdrain installation on northbound I-380 beginning Sunday, Nov. 18

November 16, 2012

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – Nov. 16, 2012 – Installation of subdrains will result in the closure of the left lane of the northbound lanes of I-380 near the east interchange of I-380 and U.S. Highway 20 beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s New Hampton construction office. The lane closure will occur during the following times. 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, to 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19. 7 p.m. Monday Nov. 19, until...

New four-lane section of U.S. 20 set to open soon

November 15, 2012

AMES, Iowa – Nov. 15, 2012 – Iowa is set to receive another economic boost with the opening of a new 26-mile, four-lane segment of U.S. 20 in northwest Iowa. A celebration is planned next week to mark another milestone toward completion of a four-lane highway that will eventually stretch from Dubuque in eastern Iowa to Sioux City in the west. The newly completed segment begins at the intersection with Iowa 4 near Rockwell City in Calhoun County and continues...

Lane restrictions on eastbound I-80 at the Missouri River bridge near Council Bluffs begin Nov. 15

November 14, 2012

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – Nov. 14, 2012 – Work to replace a dynamic message sign will require restricting lanes on eastbound Interstate 80 at the Missouri River bridge (milepost 0.0) near Council Bluffs to one lane at 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, until 3 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Council Bluffs construction office. There will be a complete closure of eastbound I-80 for 20 minutes between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. The Iowa...

Iowa Transportation Commission Meeting actions taken at Tuesday, Nov. 13 meeting

November 14, 2012

Iowa Transportation Commission Meeting Actions taken Nov. 13, 2012 Order number Title Actions taken Presenter D-2013-19 Approve Minutes of the Oct. 9, 2012, Commission Meeting Approved Connie Page, Commission secretary, 515-239-1242 H-2013-20 Administrative Rule – 761 IAC 150.4(3)”c” Approved Paul Trombino III, director, 515-239-1111 H-2013-21 FY 2014 Traffic Safety Improvement Program Projects Approved Jeremey Vortherms, Office of Traffic and Safety, 515-239-1267 H-2013-22 Transfer of Jurisdiction – U.S. 218 in Janesville, Bremer County Approved John Adam, director, Highway Division 515-239-1124 PPM-2013-23...


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