Iowa DOT News

December 2013

Snow, cold and New Years Eve – not a good combo in store for tonight

December 31, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 31, 2013 – With snowfall predicted for nearly all of Iowa tonight and into tomorrow, celebrating New Year’s Eve could be tricky if you plan to be out on the road. We know you’ve heard it a million times before, but here’s one more – please don’t drink and drive. A few of the safest things you can do if you’re going out tonight: buckle up and designate a sober driver or arrange for another safe...

Changes to Iowa law allows for an eight-year driver’s license

December 23, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 23, 2013 – Iowa drivers may have a pleasant surprise when they renew a driver’s license after Jan. 1, 2014. New legislation allows the Iowa Department of Transportation to transition from driver’s licenses that are valid for five years to driver’s licenses that are valid for eight years, saving customers time and money. Not everyone who steps through the doors of a driver’s license issuance site or logs on to will receive an eight-year license...

Blowing snow continues to make travel difficult across most of Iowa #iatraffic

December 22, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 22, 2013 – Snowfall has ended through most of the state, however wind gusts of up to 30 mph into the evening will continue to make travel difficult through Monday morning. The Iowa Department of Transportation is working to clear roads, but blowing can cause roadways to quickly re-cover with snow or glaze with a thin layer of ice after trucks pass through. Most roadways in central, southern and eastern Iowa are currently partially or completely...

Iowa DOT urges caution as winter weather system approaches

December 20, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 20, 2013 – Snow and a wintery mix is expected for much of Iowa beginning Saturday afternoon into Sunday. The Iowa DOT recommends the following tips for safe winter travel during the impending storm. Is the trip necessary? Trips during severe winter weather can take three or four times longer than normal. Often, delaying a trip by a few hours can give snow removal crews time to get the roads back to normal winter driving conditions....

Iowa DOT offices closed for Christmas and New Year’s holidays

December 12, 2013

AMES, IOWA – Dec. 11, 2013 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is announcing its Christmas and New Year’s holiday schedules for the Office of Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services, which includes the Motor Carrier Permit Center, and all Iowa DOT-operated driver’s license stations. All Iowa DOT business locations will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Motor Carrier Permit Center The Iowa DOT's Office of Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services’ permit center will resume normal...

Media advisory: Iowa DOT to host ceremony celebrating the I-235 lane safety improvements in Windsor Heights Dec. 12

December 11, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY Reminder Members of the media are invited to attend a celebration to commemorate the Interstate 235 lane safety improvements in Windsor Heights to be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. The event will be held in the Windsor Heights Community and Events Center in Colby Park, 6900 School St. A short program, remarks from Iowa DOT and Windsor Heights representatives, and a ceremonial ribbon cutting will highlight the event. Iowa DOT Director Paul Trombino III said the...

Actions taken by Iowa Transportation Commission Dec. 10

December 10, 2013

Order number Title Action taken Presenter D-2014-32 Approve Minutes of the Nov. 12, 2013, Commission Meeting Approved Connie Page, Commission secretary, 515-239-1242 H-2014-33 Administrative Rule: 761 IAC 144 – Automated Traffic Enforcement on the Primary Road System Approved Steve Gent, director, Office of Traffic and Safety, 515-239-1129 PPM-2014-34 Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) Application – Carter Lake Approved Craig Markley, director, Office of Systems Planning, 515-239-1027 PPM-2014-35 RISE Application – Sioux City Approved Craig Markley, director, Office of Systems Planning,...

Iowa Transportation Commission approves 2014 intercity bus projects

December 10, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 10, 2013 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission (Commission) approved more than $2.7 million in grants for four intercity transit providers under the calendar year 2014 Intercity Bus Program. The Commission approved the funds for 12 projects submitted by the following four entities. City of Dubuque Public Transit (The Jule) Jefferson Lines City of Fort Dodge Public Transit (DART) Burlington Trailways With the current trend in intercity bus transportation moving away from rural connectivity into more...

Iowa Transportation Commission approves FY 2015 Traffic Safety Improvement Program projects

December 10, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 10, 2013 – The Iowa Transportation Commission today approved the fiscal year 2015 Traffic Safety Improvement Program projects. More than $8.7 million in safety improvements were approved for 46 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: Terry Ostendorf at 515-239-1077 or [email protected]

Iowa Transportation Commission approves grant for Sioux City

December 10, 2013

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 10, 2013 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved a Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy (RISE) Immediate Opportunity grant application submitted by Sioux City. Up to $1,640,500 will be made available to assist in the reconstruction of approximately 3,000 feet of Zenith Drive located on the southwest side of town. This project is anticipated to be completed by November 2015. This improvement is necessary to provide improved access to the Bomgaars ranch and farm supply distribution facility...


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