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U.S. 20 traffic to be shifted off detour in Ida and Sac counties Dec. 9

12/5/2016

U.S. 20 traffic will be shifted off the detour to the existing lanes in Ida and Sac counties between Galva and Early at noon Friday, Dec. 9.

FMCSA Establishes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

12/2/2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a final rule that establishes a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers.

NASS Surveys Have Direct Impact on Critical Farm Programs

11/30/2016

The NASS mission is to provide timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture. When you receive one of the NASS questionnaires in the mail, please consider responding. Help accurately measure and portray the significant impact of agriculture.

Week of November 28 fuel and energy price update

11/30/2016

As of Tuesday, November 29th, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.07 across Iowa according to AAA. This is $.02 higher than one week ago and $.03 higher than one year ago. The national average on Tuesday was $2.15, up $.02 from last week’s price.

Public comments needed regarding proposed U.S. 65 bridge over Spring Creek impacting Harriman Park in Franklin County

11/30/2016

The Iowa Department of Transportation is proposing to acquire additional permanent easement from Harriman Park in Franklin County.

Iowa DOT Secondary Road Fund Distribution Committee will meet in Des Moines Dec. 1

11/29/2016

The Secondary Road Fund Distribution Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, at the Veterans Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Room 311, 233 Center St., in Des Moines.

Iowa DOT can’t keep up with an ‘exponential rate’ of staff cuts

11/29/2016

Sixty-seven full-time job vacancies at the Iowa Department of Transportation will not be filled in the coming year, but DOT officials are asking the governor and legislators to set aside $6.2 million to cover pay increases as well as higher insurance costs for employees who are still on the payroll.

Iowa highways rank poorly in national report

11/28/2016

Iowa took a big fall on a report that ranks the 50 states’ highway systems for factors like pavement condition, traffic jams, traffic deaths, deficient bridges and spending per mile.

5 questions with Iowa DOT's Trombino

11/28/2016

After nearly six years leading the Iowa Department of Transportation — a government agency that affects drivers, farmers and merchants every day with its decisions — Paul Trombino III is leaving. Trombino, 50, said it was time for a new chapter in his career, but that he didn’t feel comfortable job hunting while still in the public position.

Branstad names Mark Lowe Interim Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation

11/28/2016

Gov. Branstad named Mark Lowe the Interim Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT). Lowe’s appointment comes after the resignation of Paul Trombino, who will serve his last day as Director today. Lowe begins his new role as Interim Director of the Iowa DOT on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

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