Iowa DOT News Release

Actions taken by the Iowa Transportation Commission at its March 13 meeting in Ames

Posted on: March 13, 2018

AMES, Iowa – March 13, 2018 – The Iowa Transportation Commission approved the following items during its meeting today at the Iowa Department of Transportation’s headquarters in Ames.








Approve Minutes of the Feb. 13, 2018, Commission Meeting




Danielle Griggs,
Commission secretary,


Interstate 80 Dallas County Corridor Preservation




Mitch Dillavou, director,
Highway Division,


Transfer of Jurisdiction of U.S. 61 to Des Moines County


(details below)


Mitch Dillavou, director,
Highway Division,


Revitalize Iowa's Sound Economy (RISE) – Wright County


(details below)


Craig Markley, director,
Office of Systems Planning,

Transfer of jurisdiction approved
The Commission approved the transfer of jurisdiction of segments of existing U.S. 61 to Des Moines County. The transfer segments extend from just north of Burlington near Flint Bottom Road to south of 210th Street near Mediapolis for a total length of 2.28 miles. The transfer also includes an adjacent gravel accessway located on the east side of existing U.S. 61. The road segment will be transferred in its present condition. The state shall transfer funds to the county in the amount of $960,000, which represents the estimated cost to hot-mix asphalt overlay the proposed roadway segments. The county shall assume jurisdiction of the proposed road segments upon opening to traffic of relocated U.S. 61 (section 1) from just north of Burlington near Flint Bottom Road to south of 210th Street near Mediapolis and an adjacent accessway located on the east side of existing U.S. 61 upon written notification by the state to the county of the time and date of official transfer.

Following a transfer of jurisdiction, the county is responsible for all future maintenance and improvement of that roadway and right of way. For additional information regarding this transfer of jurisdiction, contact James Armstrong, District 5 engineer, at 641-472-4171 or email

RISE grant application approved
The RISE program was established to promote economic development in Iowa through construction or improvement of roads and streets. Iowa cities and counties are eligible for funding in the form of a grant, loan, or combination thereof. Projects must involve construction or improvement of a public roadway. There are two RISE project types: 1) Immediate Opportunity, and 2) Local Development. More information is available at

Wright County: Up to $144,000 of RISE Funding was approved for an Immediate Opportunity grant to assist in the reconstruction of approximately 2,000 feet of 275th Street located southeast of Clarion. This project is necessary to provide improved access to the proposed site of ReNewtrient 1 LLC, a nutrient recovery facility, to support the creation of 12 new full-time jobs and $25,284,013 in associated capital investment. This project is anticipated to be completed by December 2018.


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