Iowa DOT News

January 2013

Iowa DOT Seeks Sponsor Agencies for 2013 Urban Youth Corps Program

January 31, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 31, 2013 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is seeking private, nonprofit organizations and public agencies to submit applications to participate in the 2013 Urban Youth Corps program. The program’s objectives are to provide transportation-related work projects and training opportunities to youth between the ages of 16-21 who face barriers to employment, and accomplish meaningful and productive improvements to transportation facilities. This is a cost-reimbursement program that requires participating agencies to pay expenses prior to seeking...

Online Service Helps Iowa CDL Holders Comply with FMCSA Regulations

January 31, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 31, 2013 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is announcing a new online service aimed at helping commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations. The “MyMVD Self-Certification and Medical Examiner’s Certificate” service is available online, anytime for the convenience of busy drivers. A year ago, the Iowa DOT announced that starting Jan. 30, 2012, and no later than Jan. 30, 2014, all CDL holders must provide information to the Iowa...

Travelers Thanked for Their Patience and Cooperation During Iowa Storm #iatraffic

January 30, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 30, 2013; 4:15 p.m. update – The moderate to heavy snow has ended in Iowa, only lingering flurries are expected through the rest of the day. Travelers should continue to exercise caution throughout the evening and overnight hours as strong winds, blowing snow and frigid temperatures are forecast. The Iowa Department of Transportation expresses its appreciation to those who heeded the travel advisories and exercised patience during traffic interruptions. The Iowa DOT also wishes to thank...

Travelers Should Be Prepared When Traveling in Frigid Temperatures #iatraffic

January 30, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 30, 2013; 3 p.m. update – A mechanical breakdown or sliding off the road is frustrating enough, but it can be extremely dangerous when the temperatures plummet. If you don’t already have emergency supplies in your vehicle, now is the time to put them in. How many times have you taken a short trip to a friend’s house or the store and not taken your coat? Imagine what would happen if your vehicle went off the...

Multiple Traffic Incidents Being Reported #iatraffic

January 30, 2013

AMES, IOWA – Jan. 30, 2013; 1:15 p.m. update – Roads, bridges, overpasses and ramps remain slick in many locations in Iowa. Numerous accidents, blockages, backups and jackknifed trucks have been reported throughout the day. Some incidents can take considerable time to clear. Of particular concern this afternoon is the persistent blowing snow over east-west roadways in open areas, which is causing glazing of roadway surfaces. Patchy slick spots can be encountered at any time. Traveling under these conditions requires:...

Travel Treacherous in East Central and Northeast Iowa #iatraffic

January 30, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 30, 2013; 11 a.m. update – The Iowa State Patrol has issued a "no travel is advised" statement in association with roadways in the northeast and parts of east central Iowa. This includes major highways such as I-80, I-380, U.S. 20, U.S. 63. U.S. 151 and U.S. 218. It also affects cities in the region such as Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown, Waterloo, Dubuque and Decorah. Snow is continuing to fall in all but the western...

Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission Meeting Rescheduled to Feb. 7

January 30, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 30, 2013 – The Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) has rescheduled its quarterly meeting to Thursday, Feb. 7. The meeting will be held at the Bettendorf Public Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive. The meeting was originally scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31, but has been rescheduled due to weather conditions. Time Title 10 a.m. Roll call Welcome *Approval of Nov. 29, 2012, quarterly meeting minutes Treasurer’s report 10:30 a.m. Iowa Corridor Management Plan update and setting priorities...

Conditions Improve in Western Third of Iowa; Remain Hazardous in Central/East Central #iatraffic

January 30, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 30, 2013 - 9 a.m. update – Precipitation ends in western third of Iowa, helping to improve travel conditions in that part of the state. Most of the snow is occurring east of a line stretching from Storm Lake, Denison, Atlantic and Creston. Visibility in rural, open areas is still reduced at times due to the blowing snow. Travel is not being advised at this time in east central Iowa where snowfall is heavy and strong...

Professional Truck Drivers Provide Valuable Insights During Winter Storms #iatraffic

January 30, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 30, 2013; 8:20 a.m. update – Professional truck drivers face tremendous challenges during a winter storm and can offer persons considering travel valuable insights about road conditions and traffic tie-ups. That’s why the Iowa Department of Transportation is urging drivers to be part of Iowa’s traffic information social media network on Twitter and Facebook. During your next break or fuel stop, take a moment to share your observations and experience. Throughout the storm, while using social...

Road Conditions Deteriorate with Heavy Snow and High Winds #iatraffic

January 30, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 30, 2013: 7 a.m. update – Iowa travel conditions have deteriorated this morning due to heavy snow and high winds. Visibility is reduced, with periods of whiteout conditions. The Iowa Department of Transportation’s road weather information system is presently reporting wind gusts in the mid 30s; and sustained winds from 15-25 mph. WeatherView is available to the public at; it offers valuable travel information like pavement temperatures, precipitation and wind speeds, as well as camera...


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