Iowa DOT News

December 2019

Temporary nighttime closure on southbound I-35 in Warren County begins at 8 p.m. Friday night, Dec. 20

December 19, 2019

Chariton, Iowa – Dec. 19, 2019 – A bridge repair project over Interstate 35 requires closing southbound I-35 from the Iowa 5 interchange to the Iowa 92 interchange beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, until 5 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Chariton construction office. During this closure, motorists will be directed to use an official off-site marked detour following Iowa 5 (east and west), Iowa 28 (south and north), and Iowa...

Proposed improvements to Interstate 380 in Linn County to be discussed January 9, in Hiawatha

December 19, 2019

AMES, Iowa – December 19, 2019 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Thursday, January 9, 2020, to discuss proposed improvements to I-380 and right of way needs at the I-380 and Tower Terrace Road interchange. The proposed improvements include adding an interchange at Tower Terrace Road. All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 5 and 6:30 p.m. at Hiawatha City Hall, 101 Emmons Street, in Hiawatha. The meeting will be...

Public input requested for two proposed bridge improvements to Iowa 2 in Lee County  

December 17, 2019

AMES, Iowa – December 17, 2019 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is requesting public input on the proposed removal and replacement of the Iowa 2 bridge over Sugar Creek (1.8 miles west of U.S. 218), the Iowa 2 bridge over Lick Creek (4.3 miles east of Junction Iowa 81), and the proposed off-site detour for the two projects. SUGAR CREEK PROJECT: The proposed project involves removing the existing 150-foot long x 28-foot wide steel I-beam/concrete beam bridge and replacing...

Electronic logs regulations for commercial vehicles take effect Wednesday

December 17, 2019

ANKENY, Iowa- Dec. 17, 2019 – Effective Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, commercial vehicle drivers that are required to log their hours of service will no longer be allowed to utilize automatic onboard recording devices or paper logbooks per the guidance of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. All commercial vehicles are now required to have electronic logging devices (ELD) to track the hours of service. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented the ELD rule to make it easier and...

Iowa 415 at 66th Avenue near Saylorville open to traffic Thursday morning

December 17, 2019

GRIMES, Iowa – Dec. 17, 2019 – The contractor will be opening 66th Avenue and have all lanes open on Iowa 415 near Saylorville this Thursday morning, Dec. 19, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Grimes construction office. The traffic signals at the interchange of Iowa 415 and 66th Avenue are also scheduled to be activated on Thursday morning. This construction project will resume in the spring when the contractor will need to temporarily close 66th Avenue...

Iowa DOT accepting applications through Feb. 17 for two Volkswagen Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust funding programs

December 16, 2019

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 16, 2019 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is now accepting grant applications for two separate Volkswagen Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust funding programs. Applications will be accepted for two separate programs. The first funding program will offer $4.9 million across the three eligible project categories listed below. Private organizations, public transit system operators, cities, counties, and schools that own and operate diesel fleets and equipment in Iowa are eligible to sponsor projects for these projects. State...

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

December 16, 2019

AMES, IOWA – Dec. 16, 2019 – All Iowa Department of Transportation locations will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Many people may be able to complete driver’s license business online at # For questions, please go to the Iowa DOT’s contact page.

Resignation of Iowa DOT Director Mark Lowe

December 13, 2019

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 13, 2019 – Mark Lowe has submitted his resignation as director of the Iowa Department of Transportation effective Jan. 10, 2020. In his resignation letter, Lowe stated, “It’s been a terrific privilege to serve in this position and Governor Reynolds has my sincere appreciation for the opportunity to do so. I have great faith in, and regard for, the people of the Iowa Department of Transportation and have every confidence they will continue to serve the...

U.S. 6 to open in Council Bluffs today

December 11, 2019

Council Bluffs, Iowa – Dec. 11, 2019 – Good news for travelers in the Council Bluffs area, U.S. 6 is expected to open today, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 4 office. Traffic will be able to use both eastbound lanes while westbound traffic will have one lane. Traffic has been head-to-head throughout the summer. This segment is part of a two-year project to replace the pavement in the area. Asphalt shoulders and other items will be completed...

Actions taken at Iowa Transportation Commission Dec. 10

December 10, 2019

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 10, 2019 – The Iowa Transportation Commission approved the following items during its meeting today in the Materials Conference Room at the Iowa Department of Transportation’s headquarters at 800 Lincoln Way in Ames. Business meeting actions taken Tuesday, Dec. 10 Order Number Title Action taken Presenter D-2020-30 Approve Minutes of the Nov.12, 2019, Commission Meeting Approved Danielle Madden, Commission assistant, 515-239-1919 MV-2020-31 Administrative Rules -761 IAC 602 – Classes of Driver’s Licenses -761 IAC 605 –...


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