Iowa DOT News

December 2021

Public input requested for proposed bridge replacement on Iowa 5 in Appanoose County

December 29, 2021

AMES, Iowa – December 29, 2021 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is requesting public input on the replacement of the Iowa 5 bridge over Cooper Creek, about 1.5 miles north of Iowa 2, and on the proposed state off-site detour, in Appanoose County. The proposed project involves replacing the existing 150’ x 28’ continuous I-beam, with a 155’ x 44’ pre-tensioned prestressed concrete beam bridge. The bridge will be constructed using accelerated bridge construction (ABC). The new bridge will...

Layers are the key to customizing www.511ia.org for safer winter travel

December 28, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 28, 2021 – All the information you need to more easily travel Iowa’s state and U.S. highways and interstates is now on one, cohesive website www.511ia.org. For many years Iowa’s authoritative source of traveler information has been available in different formats depending on the needs of the driver and the bandwidth of your internet service. To streamline your travel decision tools, earlier this year, www.511ia.org became your one-stop-shop as a single website. Previous versions which included...

Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission to meet virtually Jan. 10

December 22, 2021

AMES, Iowa –Dec. 28, 2021 – The Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) will meet Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, virtually. Interested parties may attend the meeting by using the Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/ and Meeting ID: 86562712897 and passcode: 793745. The link will be active shortly before the meeting and discontinued immediately after the meeting ends. Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission Agenda 10 a.m. Roll call Welcome and introductions 10:15 a.m. *Approval of Dec. 6, 2021, meeting minutes *Treasurer report and...

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

December 16, 2021

AMES, IOWA – Dec. 17, 2021 – All Iowa Department of Transportation locations will be closed Thursday - Saturday, Dec. 23-25, 2021, and Friday and Saturday, Dec. 31, 2021, and Jan. 1, 2022, for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. In lieu of Saturday service, our driver's license service centers will be open Monday, Dec. 27, and Monday, Jan. 3 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Normal business hours will resume at 8:30 a.m. the Tuesday after each holiday. Many...

Iowa 14 bridge at Red Rock Lake near Knoxville to close at 6 p.m.

December 15, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 15, 2021 – The bridge that carries Iowa 14 over Red Rock Lake near Knoxville will close today at 6 p.m. due to high winds. Iowa Department of Transportation bridge crews are prepared to inspect the bridge for any ill effects of the winds prior to the bridge reopening to traffic. The bridge is anticipated to reopen when winds subside. Motorists, especially those traveling in high-profile vehicles, are encouraged to find alternative routes during this high-wind...

Mile-long bridge on Iowa 415 over Saylorville Lake to close today at noon due to high winds

December 15, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 15, 2021 – The mile-long bridge that carries Iowa 415 over Saylorville Lake will close today at noon due to anticipated high winds. This bridge is designed to move somewhat with strong winds, but today’s high wind warnings make traveling on the bridge hazardous. Iowa Department of Transportation bridge crews are prepared to inspect the bridge for any ill effects of the winds prior to the bridge reopening to traffic. The bridge is anticipated to reopen...

Emergency closures of the bridges over Saylorville Lake on Iowa 415 near Polk City and Red Rock Lake on Iowa 14 near Knoxville may occur on Wednesday, Dec. 15

December 14, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 14, 2021 – Motorists should be prepared for emergency closures of the mile long bridge on Iowa 415 over Saylorville Lake near Polk City and the mile long bridge on Iowa 14 over Red Rock Lake north of Knoxville on Wednesday, Dec. 15, due to high winds. Crews may close the bridges unexpectedly for the safety of the traveling public, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation.  Motorists, especially those traveling in high-profile vehicles, are encouraged...

Actions taken at Iowa Transportation Commission Tuesday, December 14

December 14, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 14, 2021 – The Iowa Transportation Commission approved the following items during its meeting today in Ames. Order Number Title Action taken Presenter D-2022-40 Approve Minutes of the Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 Commission Meeting Approved Danielle Madden, Commission assistant, 515-239-1919 SO-2022-41 Administrative Rules 761 IAC 135 – Warning Lights on Vehicles or Equipment Not Owned and Operated by the Department When Used in Road Work Zones Approved Dave Lorenzen, director, Systems Operations Division, 515-239-1124 TD-2022-42 Revitalize...

Iowa Transportation Commission approves 2022 intercity bus projects

December 14, 2021

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 14, 2021 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved more than $1.8 million in grants for three intercity transportation providers for the calendar year 2022 Intercity Bus Program. The Commission approved the funds for nine projects submitted by the following three entities. Burlington Trailways Jefferson Lines City of Fort Dodge With the current trend in intercity bus transportation moving away from rural connectivity into more urban-to-urban service, these funds play a vital role in keeping rural...

Iowa Transportation Commission approves FY 2023 Traffic Safety Improvement Program projects

December 14, 2021

AMES, Iowa –Dec. 14, 2021 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved $7,679,852 in total funding for 23 separate projects from Iowa’s Traffic Safety Improvement Program. The program was created in 1987 for the purpose of increasing traffic safety on all of Iowa’s roadways. This funding is available for use on city, county, or state roads through an annual application process. The map below shows project locations for FY 2023 TSIP. The complete list of projects can be found on...

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