Iowa DOT News Release

Your input is needed to determine the future of Iowa’s rest areas

Posted on: June 21, 2018

AMES, Iowa – June 21, 2018 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is seeking your input about a draft plan outlining a path forward in managing our rest areas located throughout the state.

The draft plan, additional materials related to rest areas in Iowa, and opportunities to provide input are available at Comments will be accepted until September 2019.

Comments collected during this period will be used to create a final implementation plan for the future of rest areas in Iowa.

This draft plan and public input period is part of the Iowa DOT’s Statewide Rest Area System planning study that has been ongoing since 2013. The Iowa DOT has a responsibility to manage the transportation system and balance needs of the public with funding. As part of this responsibility, assets within the transportation system are regularly evaluated. This study satisfies that responsibility.

In addition to the website, you may also request additional information regarding the Iowa Rest Area Management Plan by contacting the Iowa DOT’s Office of Location and Environment, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50010, phone 515-239-1225. To view the implementation plan, view the online video, and submit a comment about this project, please go to


Contact: Andrea Henry at or 515-239-1730.

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