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New website for U.S. 71 project gives you the inside scoop on updates in the Iowa Lakes region

January 17, 2023

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Jan. 17, 2023 – If you’re one of the thousands of tourists who flock to Iowa’s Great Lakes region each summer, a new construction project will help make getting around the area between Arnold’s Park and Okoboji a lot easier. The project led by the Iowa Department of Transportation is planned to be completed in 2024 and will improve pavement, intersections, and sidewalks. Details of the project are now available on a new Iowa DOT website....

Actions taken at Iowa Transportation Commission Wednesday, January 11

January 11, 2023

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 11, 2023 – The Iowa Transportation Commission approved the following items during its meeting today in Ames. Business meeting actions taken Wednesday, Jan. 11 Order Number Title Action taken Presenter D-2023-40 Approve Minutes of the Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022 Commission Meeting Approved Cindy Dorhout, Commission assistant, 515-239-1067 MV-2023-41 Administrative Rules – 761 IAC 451, Emergency Vehicle Certificate Approved Melissa Gillett, director, Motor Vehicle Division, 515-237-3121 MV-2023-42 Administrative Rules – 761 IAC 625, Driver’s Licenses for Undercover...

Iowa Transportation Commission approves 2023 intercity bus projects

January 11, 2023

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 11, 2023 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved more than $2.2 million in grants for three intercity transportation providers for the calendar year 2023 Intercity Bus Program. The Commission approved the funds for eight 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 Iowa's Clean Air Attainment Program funding

January 11, 2023

Ames, Iowa – Jan. 11, 2023 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved $3,873,560 million in total funding for 8 projects from Iowa's Clean Air Attainment Program. The program was created in 1994 for the purpose of reducing transportation-related congestion and air pollution. This funding is available to cities, counties, transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, regional planning affiliations, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations through an annual application-based program. The projects and approved funding amounts are listed below. Traffic System Vehicle...

Iowa Transportation Commission approves Federal Recreational Trails Program funding

January 11, 2023

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 11, 2023 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved $1,348,650 in total funding for five federal Recreational Trails Program projects. The federal Recreational Trails Program was created in 1991 for the purpose of developing and maintaining recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and nonmotorized trail users. This funding is available to cities, counties, state and federal agencies, and private organizations through an annual application-based program. The projects and approved funding amounts are listed below....

Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission to meet Jan. 20 in Davenport

January 9, 2023

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 9, 2023 – The Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) will meet Friday, Jan. 20, at the Nahant Marsh Education Center, 4220 Wapello Avenue, in Davenport. Interested parties may attend in-person or join the meeting by using the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96072390350. To join the meeting by conference call, dial 312-626-6799 and use Meeting ID: 960 7239 0350# and passcode: #. The link and phone line will be active shortly before the meeting and discontinued immediately after...

Iowa 150 Planning Study to be discussed online

January 6, 2023

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 6, 2023 – The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a virtual public information meeting to discuss the planning study on Iowa 150. The study area is a 28-mile corridor on Iowa 150 from just north of I-380 in Benton County, extending through Buchanan County to the south edge of Fayette County and its junction with Iowa 281 just south of Oelwein’s city limits. Virtual presentation: When: Anytime between Jan. 17 (around Noon) – Jan. 30,...

Iowa Transportation Commission to meet January 11

January 5, 2023

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 5, 2023 – The Iowa Transportation Commission will hold its next business meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, in the Materials Conference Room at the Iowa Department of Transportation’s headquarters at 800 Lincoln Way in Ames. The public may attend in-person if comfortable in doing so. Face coverings are not required and left to the discretion of each individual. Business meeting agenda Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 Time Title Presenter 1 p.m. *Approve Minutes of the Tuesday,...

Surplus furniture sale at Iowa DOT on Jan. 5

December 27, 2022

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 27, 2022 – Are you looking for affordable office furniture? The Iowa Department of Transportation will sell surplus office furniture for $20 each piece (tax included) at our main complex in Ames. WHEN: January 5 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. WHERE: 800 Lincoln Way in Ames – Northwest wing Please enter from South Oak Avenue. Directional signs will be posted. See a map of the sale location. Items for sale for $20 (tax included) are...

Northbound Interstate 35 slowly opening, southbound opening later this morning

December 24, 2022

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 24, 2022 – 8:15 a.m. - The Iowa Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Iowa State Patrol, is beginning to open northbound Interstate 35. The roadway was closed yesterday afternoon between Ames and Clear Lake because of extremely hazardous driving conditions. Due to significant drifting snow, the southbound lanes remain closed at this time. It’s going to take some time for our crews to get through drifts, so please be patient. We anticipate it taking a few more...

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