Department of Transportation, Iowa

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The Department of Transportation is an agency in Iowa.

The purpose of the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) is to "promote the growth and betterment of Iowa’s transportation system" and serve the transportation needs of Iowans.[1] The DOT maintains 9,404 miles of roadway and owns 4,092 bridges.[2]

Budget

Budget information does not appear to be available on the DOT website, but can be accessed on the Iowa.gov website.

Total Appropriations/Expenditures[3]

Fiscal Year Amount
Estimated FY 2011 $1,245,539,278
Recommendation FY 2012 $1,262,399,999
Recommendation FY 2013 $1,299,200,000

INDOT also received $358,162,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds.[4]

Programs

The DOT runs the state's Adopt-A-Highway program, which saw approximately 18,000 volunteers clean up 52% of the state's roadways in 2008.[5] The department also sponsors the national Safe Routes to School Program, which uses federal funds to "increase safety and promote walking and bicycling to school" through "engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation."[6]

Major projects currently underway include:[7]

  • I-29 construction project (Sioux City)
  • I-74 Corridor Study
  • I-80 Council Bluffs Interstate Project
  • I-235 reconstruction project (completed)
  • U.S. 20 Iowa River Bridge (completed)

Project information such as description, status, public involvement opportunities, and documents such as environmental assessments, are provided.

Projects funded through ARRA are also listed on the department website.[4]

Transparency

Detailed project information is posted, although contract documents do not seem to be available.[8] Bidding and letting information is posted.[9]

The Department's Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is posted, as well as its Five-Year Program.[10]

Public records request information is not provided.

Project-related public meetings are listed on the website.[11]

Transportation Commissioners are listed with contact information.[12] Meeting information is also provided.

Staff salaries are not disclosed.

External links

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