Iowa DOT News

May 2016

Media invited to Roadcheck 2016 June 7-9 in Jasper County

May 26, 2016

ANKENY, Iowa – May 26, 2014 – Thousands of commercial motor vehicles loaded with everything from paper products to windmill parts travel across North American highways every day. In Iowa, it’s up to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement officers to inspect these commercial motor vehicles and assure the drivers are operating safely. While the media doesn’t often get the chance to see Iowa’s officers in action, one targeted enforcement effort each year puts all MVE...

Fly Away! Six States and FHWA Will Collaborate to Enhance Pollinator Habitat along New Monarch Highway

May 26, 2016

This news release is being redistributed by the Iowa Department of Transportation as a courtesy to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). DES MOINES, IOWA - May, 26, 2016 - Six state departments of transportation and the Federal Highway Administration today signed a memorandum of agreement that will improve pollinator habitat along Interstate 35, a key migratory corridor for Monarch butterflies. The Obama Administration last year identified the I-35 corridor as a route along which land...

Public Notice: I-74 Mississippi River Corridor Public Comment Opportunity

May 24, 2016

AMES, Iowa – May 24, 2016 – The Iowa and Illinois Departments of Transportation (Iowa DOT and Illinois DOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are proposing improvements to the I-74 corridor in the Quad Cities from 0.9 mile south of Avenue of the Cities (23rd Avenue) in Moline, Illinois, to 1 mile north of 53rd Street in Davenport, Iowa. The proposed improvements will increase capacity throughout the project corridor and include a new Mississippi River crossing, improvements to six...

Iowa DOT auction to be held June 11

May 20, 2016

AMES, Iowa – May 20, 2016 – More than 125 vehicles and a variety of shop items will be sold by the Iowa Department of Transportation at an auction Saturday, June 11, beginning at 9 a.m. in Ames. Complete information about the auction has been posted on the Iowa DOT’s website at The sale will be held in the auction building south of the Iowa DOT's sign shop on South Fourth Street. Vehicles and equipment to be sold are...

Daytime lane closures on Iowa 9 at the Mississippi River bridge begin May 24 #iatraffic

May 20, 2016

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – May 20, 2016 – A bridge-washing project on the lower sections of the Mississippi River bridge on Iowa 9 near Lansing requires daytime lane closures beginning Tuesday, May 24, until Thursday, May 26, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s New Hampton construction office. When daytime lane closures are in place, flaggers will be used to control traffic. A 9-foot width lane restriction will be in place in the open lane. The bridge-washing project...

Road closure on Iowa 136 between U.S. 67 and Clinton County Road E-50 begins June 1 #iatraffic

May 20, 2016

DAVENPORT, Iowa – May 20, 2016 – Work to replace twin box culverts on Iowa 136 over Barn Creek between U.S. 67 and Clinton County Road E-50 will require closing the roadway to traffic beginning Wednesday, June 1, until Friday, Sept. 2, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Davenport construction office. Motorists will be detoured around the work zone by using Mill Creek Parkway, U.S. 30, and U.S. 67. The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with...

New detour for I-80 Westbound traffic exiting at U.S. 275/Iowa 92 through late fall 2016

May 19, 2016

Council Bluffs, IA — May 19, 2016 — A new detour will begin Tuesday, May 24, weather permitting, for motorists in Council Bluffs on westbound I-80 exiting at I-29 and U.S. 275/Iowa 92 (Exit 47), according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 4 Office. Motorists will need to exit at South Expressway (Exit 3) if headed to U.S. 275/Iowa 92. (See attached map for detour) I-80 eastbound traffic will still be able to exit at U.S. 275/Iowa 92 (Exit...

Iowa DOT begins traffic information collection in southwest Iowa

May 18, 2016

AMES, Iowa – May 18, 2016 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is working across the state this spring and summer to determine how many cars, trucks, and other vehicles are using the state, county, and city roadways. This year’s efforts are concentrated in southwest Iowa, but occasionally crews will work elsewhere in the state. Many employees will spend peak hours between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. at one location counting the morning, noon, and evening traffic. They count and...

Seventh Annual Iowa Trails Summit to be held June 17 in Cedar Falls

May 18, 2016

AMES, Iowa – May 18, 2016 – The 2016 Iowa Trails Summit will be held Friday, June 17 at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy & Environmental Education, at the corner of Jennings Drive and Campus Street in Cedar Falls, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year's theme, "Iowa Trails - Inspired by a Talent for Friendship" emphasizes the ideas and innovations driving healthy communities. The master of ceremonies is Iowa’s own trails enthusiast Chuck Offenburger. The...

Permanent closure of southbound I-29 off-ramp to Nebraska Street (exit 147B) scheduled for May 23 #iatraffic

May 17, 2016

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – May 17, 2016 – The permanent closure of the southbound Interstate 29 off-ramp to Nebraska Street (exit 147B) is scheduled for 8 a.m. Monday, May 23, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Sioux City construction office. Motorists should use the Hamilton Boulevard off-ramp (exit 149) or the Floyd Boulevard off-ramp (exit 147) to access Nebraska Street. The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs...


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