DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials have announced that a portion of Interstate 29 in southwestern Iowa has reopened after being damaged by flooding in March.
BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — Iowa transportation officials have approved $16 million to pay for nighttime work on the Interstate 74 bridge over the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities because of...
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Siouxland residents who have spent the past decade weaving through orange construction barrels while navigating Interstate 29 through Sioux City may find the following news...
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa and Nebraska transportation officials said Thursday that they're hoping to have nearly all roads and bridges that were damaged by last month's flooding repaired by...
Iowa State, Iowa DOT looking at heated pavement
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Roadways can turn hazardous and deadly during winter's wrath, and a project under way in Iowa is looking at one possible solution: Heating the pavement.
Crane boom at Mississippi River bridge site falls into water
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — A boom being used at an interstate bridge over the Mississippi River near Moline, Illinois has fallen into the water.
Iowa Department of Transportation officials said Wednesday the agency is working to remove the lattice boom of the crane working at the Interstate 74 bridge site.
The Dispatch in Moline reports IDOT has not said what caused the boom to fall, but said the crane is stable on the barge platform at the construction site.
Police say Iowa department snowplow hit pedestrian
LECLAIRE, Iowa (AP) — Police in the eastern Iowa city of LeClaire say a man has been hit by a state snowplow and seriously injured.
The LeClaire Police Department says in a news release that someone called police around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday to report that a man had been hit by an Iowa Department of Transportation snowplow. Officers found that man badly injured and lying in the road's northbound lane.
The man was flown to an Iowa City hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Iowa to launch new system to help truck drivers find parking
WALCOTT, Iowa (AP) — Truck drivers crossing Iowa's interstates will soon be able to find a parking spot for their big rigs.
Known as Trucks Park Here, a high-tech system by the Iowa Department of Transportation will gather real-time data collected at dozens of state-run rest areas and private truck stops to alert commercial drivers to parking spaces available along Interstate 80 and portions of I-380, I-35 and I-29.
Northern Iowa roads seeing snow cover as storm builds
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Transportation says road conditions are deteriorating in northern Iowa as a winter storm sweeps the Midwest for a second straight weekend.
The department says visibility is below a half mile in many locations, with snow and winds of up to 20 mph hitting areas like Mason City and Clear Lake. Motorists are being warned to use extra caution on roads.
Reynolds names former DOT Director Paul Trombino to staff
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has hired former Iowa Department of Transportation director Paul Trombino III as her chief operations officer to provide leadership of state government agencies.
Trombino was Iowa DOT director for Reynolds' predecessor Terry Branstad from 2011 to 2016 and briefly considered serving as President Donald Trump's nominee to run the Federal Highway Administration in 2017 before withdrawing his name two months after he was nominated citing family reasons.
Roundabouts becoming popular in Iowa
ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Traffic jams on Adventureland Drive have improved since Altoona replaced a four-way stop at 34th Street with a roundabout earlier this month.
"It's far quicker leaving and getting home at night," said Kevin Hecker, a parts manager at Peterbilt of Des Moines. "Not stopping there keeps it flowing."
Once rare in Iowa, roundabouts are seeing a surge in popularity in the state.
Court: IDOT officers limited to commercial vehicle offenses
Iowa Department of Transportation officers overstepped their authority in arresting or issuing speeding tickets to drivers outside of the regulation of commercial vehicles, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.
The ruling could have implications in a pending class-action lawsuit that seeks to recoup the fines and legal fees of thousands of motorists ticketed by Iowa carrier enforcement officers in recent years.
Iowa transportation officials seeking snow plow drivers
AMES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Transportation is looking to hire hundreds of snow plow drivers for the coming winter.
Television station KCCI reports that the department is looking to recruit 600 qualified drivers to work at more than 100 garages across the state.
Applicants can apply online at www.iowadot.gov/careers .
Iowa DOT leader poses as ‘Star Trek’ captain in spoof video
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The director of the Iowa Department of Transportation is boldly inviting his employees to go where they've gone many times before: a work meeting.
An official video produced by DOT staff features Director Mark Lowe and six other top department leaders dressed as characters from "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
Tours show off $322M Iowa-Illinois bridge construction
BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Department of Transportation officials are giving tours of the new $322 million bridge being built to connect Bettendorf to Moline, Illinois.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa roads officials say high outdoor temperatures are to blame for the buckling of a large section of pavement along Interstate 380 in Cedar Rapids.
Television station KCRG says the Iowa Department of Transportation was called around 6:30 p.m. Thursday after pavement on the inside lane of northbound I-380 heaved upward.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A new state license plate is catching on with some Iowa vehicle owners.
The Sioux City Journal reports that the new standard plate options will get phased in over 10 years, but people who want them now can pay $5 extra upon reviewing their registrations at county treasurer offices.
- Columbus TelegramFlood-damaged Interstate 29 could reopen by Memorial Day weekendMay 8, 2019
- Dixon TelegraphHigh water pushes back Sabula-Savanna bridge opening againJuly 25, 2018
- Sioux City JournalOTHER VOICES: Robot trucks aren't here yet, IDOTJuly 21, 2018
- Dixon TelegraphOfficials mulling transit options across riverJune 3, 2018
- Norfolk Daily NewsOne of Sunday's I-80 crashes claimed 4 lives. Could cable barriers have prevented it?May 9, 2018
SABULA, Iowa (AP) — Iowa transportation officials plan to offer a ferry service across the Mississippi River while crews work to replace a small bridge that has forced an extended detour for travelers between the state and Illinois.
Ferry services between Sabula, Iowa, and Savanna, Illinois, will run for about 12 hours a day beginning Tuesday, said Bob Younie, the maintenance director for the Iowa Department of Transportation.
SABULA, Iowa (AP) — A car ferry from Iowa to Illinois could run in about a month as residents wait for the reopening of a bridge connecting the two states.
SABULA, Iowa (AP) — A key bridge connecting eastern Iowa with northwestern Illinois will remain closed even longer than earlier estimates.
The Iowa Department of Transportation does not currently have the authority to order cities to remove automated traffic-enforcement cameras from highways and interstates, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.
The state high court's 6-0 decision reversed a state judge's ruling last April that found the department did have that authority. Justice Daryl Hecht did not participate in the opinion.
Report floats idea of tolls on I-80. But Iowa, Nebraska officials aren’t on board
WASHINGTON — Don’t expect to see Interstate toll booths sprouting in Nebraska or Iowa anytime soon.
President Donald Trump has talked up the idea of an infrastructure package that would leverage public spending to bring in private sector investment through approaches such as toll roads.
Iowa study suggests tolling could fund I-80 improvements
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Adding tolls could help Iowa finance the widening and rebuilding of a nearly 250-mile-long rural stretch of Interstate 80, a Department of Transportation study suggests.
ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — A woman who was forced to view sexually explicit photos of her examiner during a driving test is suing the Iowa Department of Transportation for damages.
The 49-year-old was seeking a license when she was paired with John Alexander for the test at the Ankeny DOT station in 2016.
Guy L. Oregon, 90, of Sioux City, passed away Monday, March 5, 2018, at his home.
Guy requested that there would be no services. He and his family want everyone to remember him as the loving caring man he always was. Christy-Smith Funeral Homes is assisting the family.
Guy was born near Anthon, Iowa, at home on March 4, 1928, to Ellis and Iva Oregon. He graduated from Smithland High School in 1945 and joined the U.S. Navy soon after graduation.
SAVANNA – Safety issues on an attached causeway have forced the closure of the Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge north of Savanna, probably until late May.
The bridge will be closed until an $8.4 million replacement is in place for a 350-foot causeway between Sabula and the larger bridge, the Iowa Department of Transportation said.
The Gardner bridge opened in November after an $80.6 million replacement project that took 2 years to complete.
CORRECTIONVILLE, Iowa | Miles of pavement has been laid and and bridge decks have been poured.
All that construction activity is lining up toward a major goal of the Iowa Department of Transportation -- and raptly watched by Siouxlanders -- to complete a huge modernization of U.S. Highway 20 in Woodbury, Ida and Sac counties within the next 12 months.
Fatality statistics suggest Iowa roads were safer last year
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State statistics on traffic-related deaths suggest Iowa roads were safer last year than in 2016.
Iowa Department of Transportation figures show that 329 people died in traffic-related incidents in 2017, as of Dec. 29. The 2016 figure: 398.
The drop in traffic deaths follows a jump in 2016 from 315 fatalities in 2015.
Iowa, Nebraska road projects see boost from gas tax increase
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two years after Iowa and Nebraska raised their gas taxes, both states are seeing a flurry of new roadway projects at a time when national infrastructure efforts have stalled.
The extra revenue has allowed state and local officials to move forward quickly on overdue bridge repairs and plans for major highway projects.
Iowa sees high number of road construction work zone deaths
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say a surge in construction projects and an increase in miles driven by motorists have led to a high number of people dying in road construction work zone crashes this year.
Ten people have died in work zone crashes this year, compared to 13 deaths last year, the Des Moines Register reported .
Iowa plows could make permanent switch to blue, white lights
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Department of Transportation officials are convinced that blue and white emergency lights on snow plows are effective at reducing crashes, and they're going to seek a change in state law to permanently allow the lights.
Ex-Iowa DOT director Trombino tapped for federal post
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump is nominating former Iowa Department of Transportation director Paul Trombino as administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.
Judge rules against Iowa DOT in traffic citations case
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Another judge has ruled that Iowa Department of Transportation officers didn't have authority to issue speeding tickets to drivers of noncommercial vehicles.
3rd judge says DOT officers lacked power to write tickets
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A third judge has ruled that Iowa Department of Transportation officers issued speeding tickets for years without the legal authority to do so.
District associate judge Christine Dalton on Wednesday dismissed a ticket issued to Indianola attorney George Dunbar, who was cited for driving five miles over the speed limit along Interstate 80 near Davenport.
MONTROSE — The roadwork in Wever at 180th Street proposed by Iowa Fertilizer Company still hasn’t made it to the agenda, but Lee County Supervisors spent a great deal of time talking about it during the workshop on Tuesday morning.
Darrell Allman, managing director of Iowa Fertilizer Company, spoke to the Board about the importance of the three step project the fertilizer company wants to have done.
WEVER — Officials are getting anxious at the Iowa Fertilizer Company concerning the crossover of Highway 61 by 180th Street in Wever. IFC officials have sent a letter to the Iowa Department of Transportation outlining their concerns with copies of the letter going to the Lee County Supervisors.
WEST POINT — Another project in the West Point City Square Park has been completed by the West Point Development Group. For over a year WPDG has been raising funds to update the city park, and this time it was the playground.
According to Melanie Schierbrock, WPDG representative, the focus was on the playground for several reasons.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa motorists will start getting new license plates next year.
The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/2tjauis ) that the new design will replace the current white, blue and gray plates that were introduced in 1997.
A spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Transportation says officials already have a variety of draft designs with city and country themes and ones that use the Iowa flag.
Four tickets from the Iowa Department of Transportation that had been haunting Fort Madison Councilman and businessman Chris Greenwald are now in his rearview mirror, so to speak.
Greenwald is the owner of River City Motors and More and after one of the citations was dismissed and a second is to be dismissed soon, Greenwald pleaded guilty to the two lesser citations.
According to Greenwald’s attorney, Elaine Gray of Fort Madison, of the four charges against Greenwald, two were dismissed.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An attorney who served as counsel to Gov. Kim Reynolds when she was No. 2 to former Gov. Terry Branstad has been named the state's next public defender.
Larry Johnson Jr. will replace Adam Gregg, who was appointed acting lieutenant governor by Reynolds on Thursday. Johnson will start the job next week.
Johnson served as deputy legal counsel in the governor's office for several years before he served as legal counsel.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa residents should be able to start downloading their driver's licenses onto their smartphones by late next year, according to state officials.
The Iowa Department of Transportation conducted a pilot program with about 100 state employees who used state-issued iPhones last year, The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/2qHA8h8 ) reported. The program is set to expand statewide within 12 to 18 months.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The city of Cedar Rapids will join Des Moines and Muscatine in appealing a recent judge's ruling saying the Iowa Department of Transportation has the authority to order cities to remove automated traffic-enforcement cameras from highways and interstates.
Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports (http://bit.ly/2psUkPP ) that the Cedar Rapids City County voted 7-1 Tuesday to appeal to ruling.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state judge has ruled that the Iowa Department of Transportation has the authority to order cities to remove automated traffic-enforcement cameras from highways and interstates.
State argues against lawsuit over officers’ ticketing power
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State officials say public safety would be damaged if Iowa was forced to refund traffic fines and remove wrongful convictions from motorists' records.
First phase of mussel relocation for new bridge complete
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Crews have completed the first phase of a project to move freshwater mussels as part of the construction of the new Interstate 74 bridge across the Mississippi River linking Iowa and Illinois.
Interim director named to lead Iowa’s transportation agency
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has named an interim director to oversee Iowa's transportation department after its last leader resigned.
The governor's office says Mark Lowe will formally take over the Iowa Department of Transportation on Tuesday. Lowe gave an agency budget presentation on Monday following an announcement of his new post.
Class-action status sought for lawsuit over citations
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new filing seeks class-action status for a lawsuit challenging the Iowa Department of Transportation's authority to issue traffic citations.
DES MOINES | Distractions, drinking and seat-belt dereliction are driving up the death toll on Iowa roadways.
State officials are eyeing strategies to reverse the uptick, including seeking legislation to take electronic devices out of drivers’ hands, toughen Iowa’s anti-texting law and beef up ways to deter drunken driving once GOP Gov. Terry Branstad and the Republican-led Legislature convene the 2017 session in January.