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Week of November 20 fuel and energy price update

11/22/2017

As of Tuesday, November 21st, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.51 across Iowa according to AAA. This is down $.02 from last week and $.46 higher than one year ago. The national average on Tuesday was $2.53, down $.03 from last week’s price.

DOT finds little interest in corporate sponsorships for state rest stops

11/21/2017

Corporate sponsorships are the norm now for sports stadiums and arenas, but the Iowa Department of Transportation says there’s been very little interest in them for state highway rest areas.

Self-driving cars could come to Iowa

11/21/2017

On Monday, the Iowa Department of Transportation asked the governor for money to fund the fleet.

DOT to Grant Initial 90-day Waiver from ELD’s for Agricultural Haulers

11/20/2017

he 90-day waiver begins December 18th and allows the agency time to further examine our exemption request while developing additional guidance for agricultural haulers.

Busy year for Iowa road construction nears end with 'way too many' deaths in work zones

11/20/2017

The 10 deaths in work zone accidents in 2017 includes three road construction workers, and it's the second consecutive year with above average fatalities.

Harvest weight rule is extended to December 1

11/20/2017

Because of the late harvest, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has extended the exemption for overweight loads of corn, soybeans, haw, straw, silage and stover.

Week of November 6 fuel and energy price update

11/20/2017

As of Tuesday, November 7th, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.53 across Iowa according to AAA. This is up $.07 from last week and $.40 higher than one year ago. The national average on Tuesday was $2.55, up $.07 from last week’s price.

It's that time in Iowa: State warns drivers to be wary of deer

11/20/2017

The worst months for deer-involved vehicle collisions have arrived, and state officials caution Iowa motorists to be alert so they can avoid spending big bucks on auto repairs, or worse.

US DOT published expanded drug testing rule

11/20/2017

On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a final rule that, among other items, expands the Department’s current drug testing panel to include certain semi-synthetic opioids (i.e., hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone).

Actions taken by the Iowa Transportation Commission at its Nov. 14 meeting in Ames

11/20/2017

The Iowa Transportation Commission approved several action items during its meeting last week at the Iowa Department of Transportation’s headquarters in Ames.

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