Iowa DOT News

July 2016

Nighttime lane closure on northbound I-380 near Evansdale Drive interchange in Black Hawk County scheduled for July 28 #iatraffic

July 27, 2016

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – July 27, 2016 – As part of the I-380 noise wall project, guardrail work on Interstate 380 near the Evansdale Drive interchange (exit 68) in Black Hawk County will require the closure of the outside northbound lane beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28, until 6 a.m. Friday, July 29, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s New Hampton construction office. The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed...

Iowa DOT releases state’s first freight plan

July 26, 2016

AMES, Iowa – July 26, 2016 – The Iowa Department of Transportation has announced that they have finalized Iowa’s first dedicated State Freight Plan. The plan will be used by the department to guide future freight initiatives and investments in Iowa’s multimodal freight transportation system. Freight planning, which is a high priority at the Iowa DOT, is also receiving increased attention at the federal level. With the latest transportation reauthorization, known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, states...

Mississippi mussels soon to be on the move - Media Day to be held Aug. 2

July 26, 2016

AMES, Iowa – July 26, 2016 – The Iowa Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Illinois DOT, both the Iowa and Illinois departments of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Federal Highway Administration, are currently working to relocate approximately 450,000 mussels in the Mississippi River. The relocation is necessary to accommodate the new alignment of the Interstate 74 bridge over the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinois. As good environmental stewards, the Iowa DOT has worked...

Iowa DOT’s Propane Supply Chain Optimization Strategy Report

July 22, 2016

AMES, Iowa – July 22, 2016 – A study was released today by the Iowa Department of Transportation addressing significant concerns resulting from the propane crisis of 2013-2014. In winter 2013-2014, residential, agriculture, and commercial users of propane in Iowa and other Midwestern states were challenged by a severe propane shortage and sharp price increases driven by increased competition, global markets, and other changes in the propane supply chain and its supporting infrastructure. Adapting and managing through these ongoing changes...

U.S. 20 traffic pattern changes in Dyersville to begin July 25 #iatraffic

July 21, 2016

MANCHESTER, Iowa – July 21, 2016 – Construction on U.S. 20 at the Dyersville Industrial Park interchange moves to the second stage and traffic will be shifted to the newly constructed eastbound lanes of U.S. 20 during the week of July 25, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Manchester construction office. U.S. 20 traffic impacts U.S. 20 traffic will be switched to the eastbound lanes where traffic will be maintained in each direction. It will take approximately...

U.S. 69 railroad work set to begin Monday in Des Moines has been postponed #iatraffic

July 21, 2016

AMES, Iowa – July 22, 2016 – A project to repair a railroad crossing on U.S. 69 in Des Moines originally scheduled to begin Monday, July 25 has been postponed. The work, which will require closing the roadway be closed to traffic between Aurora Avenue and Northeast Broadway Avenue, will be rescheduled at a later date, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 1 Office. The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit...

Proposed improvements to U.S. 52/Iowa 3 in Dubuque County to be discussed Aug. 11 in Holy Cross

July 21, 2016

AMES, Iowa – July 21, 2016 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Thursday, Aug. 11, to discuss the proposed improvements and right of way needs along U.S. 52/Iowa 3 in Dubuque County from Luxemburg to Holy Cross and from Holy Cross to Rickardsville. Through traffic will be detoured during construction using Iowa 136 and U.S. 20. All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. at the Holy...

Nighttime lane closures on U.S. 218 in Waterloo begin July 25 #iatraffic

July 20, 2016

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – July 20, 2016 – Concrete patching on southbound U.S. 218 from George Wythe State Park in Waterloo to the Iowa 27/Iowa 57/Iowa 58 interchange will begin Monday night July 25. The contractor will utilize lane closures to complete the patching in stages within the following allowable hours: Sunday nights from 10 pm until 7 a.m. and between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. weekdays (Monday through Friday). Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed by...

RAGBRAI riders taking to the roads Sunday in southern Iowa

July 20, 2016

AMES, Iowa – July 20, 2016 – Thousands of bicycle enthusiasts and their entourages will be descending on Glenwood this weekend for the start of the 2016 Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). Each year RAGBRAI riders are treated to the best hospitality Iowa has to offer in cities along the route. Some riders are early risers and take the roads early to get to the next town. Others sleep a little later and take a more leisurely...

Visit the I-80 Planning Study website to view the online public meeting

July 19, 2016

AMES, Iowa – July 19, 2016 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is conducting a planning study of Interstate 80. The study will be developed and released through a series of technical reports that identify the existing condition of I-80, the way the system is performing, short- and long-term issues, and strategies to improve the route. Each report will be accessible online as it becomes available on the Iowa DOT’s I-80 Planning Study website at: An online meeting is...


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