August 13, 2018
The old saying credited to Ben Franklin goes that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. As many of you know, we’re not short on planning around the Iowa DOT, but most of those plans are fairly specific related to a highway corridor, transportation mode, or focus area.
An example would be the development of the I-80 Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) reports led by the Office of Location and Environment (https://iowadot.gov/interstatestudy). Those reports lay out a compelling case for the need to invest in the rural sections of I-80, and a vision for the future. They form a critical underpinning of our next steps, which is to take that vision and start to plan specific projects and timeframes.