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Source : Iowa DOT
May 13, 2022
Author : Patty Allen
If you are a resident of Iowa or travel through the state regularly, you’ll be noticing some major changes over the next few years, making your drives smoother and safer.
In a meeting held this month, the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) presented a draft of its 2023-2027 transportation infrastructure plan to the state’s Transportation Commission.
The draft chronicles the investments to be made in a multimodal transportation system, covering everything from aviation to public transit, railways, trails, and highways.
The five-year plan lays out all the highway and bridge projects to be constructed and upgraded, as part of the Interstate, and U.S. and Iowa signed routes.
State and federal funding amounting to $4.2 billion would be allocated for the bridge and highway projects. Considerations were made in regards to different metrics like safety, traffic, congestion, and other relevant data, and with a focus on efficient transportation of goods and motorists across the state.
Approximately $3.3b is pegged for improving the existing motorways, and more than a billion is budgeted to strengthen existing bridges.
Regular monitoring and funding by authorities is required for the upkeep of bridges, falling under the jurisdiction of Iowa’s DOT.
As we here at Contractor News have previously examined the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) will provide federal funding to facilitate the implementation of this 5-year program. The funds will also help with increased construction costs.
Iowa DOT has published a thorough overview showing how the plan will bolster the carrying capacity of roads and highways where required, replacing river crossings, and upgrading interchanges to improve commuters' safety and meet increasing traffic demands.
Here is a list of some of the major projects:
The following projects in this program address safety and operational concerns: