Transportation Matters FOR Iowa

Roadside Chat - Gambling with safety means betting your life

Roadside Chat - Gambling with safety means betting your life

February 23, 2024

2-9 gamblingsOdds are you sometimes take risks when you’re behind the wheel. Some of the risky behaviors, like reading a quick text, going just a little over the speed limit, or not buckling up in the back seat, are so common you may not consider them to be dangerous.

While you may not have been in a crash yet, decades of research related to traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths, indicate that these behaviors are risky. Combining these behaviors, like speeding and texting at the same time, greatly increases the risk.

Personnel updates for Feb. 2 to Feb. 15, 2024

Personnel updates for Feb. 2 to Feb. 15, 2024

February 22, 2024

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Modern equipment requires modern testing methods

Modern equipment requires modern testing methods

February 19, 2024

DashboardGetting behind the wheel of your vehicle today, you’re likely to have many additional safety features that didn’t exist even just a few years ago. This technology is also making its way into commercial vehicles that share our roads.

Updated technology is changing the training and driving skills required of commercial drivers. These updates are in turn changing the way we test the skills of the men and women behind the wheel of large commercial trucks.

Roadside Chat - Cruise at a safe speed or risk a shipwreck

Roadside Chat - Cruise at a safe speed or risk a shipwreck

February 16, 2024

2-16 cuise at safe speedWhat type of “cruiser” are you? Are you more of a pontoon captain behind the wheel who goes with the flow of the others on the road, or do you treat your vehicle like a speed boat, weaving in and out of traffic and disrupting traffic flow?

For some, it’s a matter of perspective and what you consider a “safe speed?”  If the conditions are dry, visibility is clear, and there isn’t a lot of traffic, the speed limit posted on signs in the area is what has been determined as a safe speed.

Personnel updates for Jan. 19 to Feb. 1, 2024

Personnel updates for Jan. 19 to Feb. 1, 2024

February 9, 2024

New personnel imageInformation supplied by the Business Systems Bureau

Roadside Chat - What's more relevant than driving sober?

Roadside Chat - What's more relevant than driving sober?

February 9, 2024

2-9 relevantAccording to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “relevant” means having a significant and demonstratable bearing on the matter at hand.

By that definition, where the “matter at hand” is making it to your destination safely, driving sober is one of the most relevant things each of us can do. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 13,384 people died in drunk driving crashes in 2021 (the last year where complete data is available). That’s one person every 39 minutes and a 14 percent increase in deaths from 2020.

Roadside Chat - Click-Drive-Repeat

Roadside Chat - Click-Drive-Repeat

February 2, 2024

2-2 clickWhoops he did it again. Punxsutawney Phil, perhaps the most famous rodent in North America today, didn't see his shadow. That means we’re in for an early spring. 

Every year the fine folks in Pennsylvania repeat this ritual. But whether we’re in for more winter weather or an early spring, one thing is worth repeating every time you get into a vehicle – buckling your seat belt.

Using data to visualize construction projects in a new way

Using data to visualize construction projects in a new way

February 2, 2024


Data in your handsEverywhere you look these days data is being collected. Whether it’s to enhance your shopping experience or develop new products the strategic collection and connection of data has the power to improve our lives.

At the Iowa DOT, we are continuously collecting data on the construction and maintenance projects we work on every day. This mountain of data is simply a bunch of images, documents, and numbers if it can’t be connected in a meaningful way.

February 2024 Service awards

February 2024 Service awards

February 1, 2024

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Saving a life – all in a day’s work for these two from the Williams garage

Saving a life – all in a day’s work for these two from the Williams garage

January 30, 2024

Trailer in the woodsWhat started as a short trip to Iowa Falls to bid a co-worker goodbye on his retirement turned into something completely different on Nov. 30 for Chris Glenn and Jerid Ratzke from the Williams garage.

The pair were traveling on U.S. 20 when they noticed something strange off in the distance. Ratzke said, “At first I thought it might be a twisted billboard, but then we got closer and noticed that it was the trailer from a semi.”

Because it was so unusual to see a trailer off the road and into a wooded area, Ratzke and Glenn decided to investigate. Ratzke said, “It was still dark, so we couldn’t see it very well from the road. When we got closer, we saw there were mangled pieces of the tractor and trailer hanging from a tree. The cab was still attached to the trailer, but it was rolled on its side.”

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