Transportation Matters FOR Iowa

Roadside Chat: Cheapest way to save a life? Pay attention

Roadside Chat: Cheapest way to save a life? Pay attention

April 19, 2024

4-19 cheapest way_If you drive, you’ve likely seen someone in a vehicle around you trying to multi-task behind the wheel. Your most important job behind the wheel is to pay attention to your driving. While that might seem a little boring, especially on a route you take every day, your life and the lives of those around you count on your ability to pay attention.

Personnel updates for March 29 to April 11, 2024

Personnel updates for March 29 to April 11, 2024

April 18, 2024

New personnel imageInformation supplied by the Business Systems Bureau

Collaborative efforts taking shape for planning safer work zones

Collaborative efforts taking shape for planning safer work zones

April 15, 2024

IMG_0792With the relatively mild winter we’ve had, you’ve likely already encountered work zones on Iowa roads. With National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week kicking off today, here's more information about how we work with our partners to plan safer work zones for everyone.  

At the end of last year, we convened our third Work Zone Information Sharing Workshop. The two-day meeting brought together not just Iowa DOT management, central office, and field forces, but our partners in law enforcement, academia, motor carriers, traffic control contractors, the traffic management center, and Federal Highway Administration officials.

Roadside Chat - Coming to a road near you... be work zone aware

Roadside Chat - Coming to a road near you... be work zone aware

April 12, 2024

4-12 coming to a road near youHave you seen one yet? Road construction work zones are popping up all over Iowa to help make roads safer for you and your family.

Work zones come in many shapes and sizes. Large work zones that stay in place for several weeks or months are easier to spot, but you still need to travel around them cautiously. Some work zones use moving trucks that fix shoulders or paint lines on the road. Others are small, short-term stationary work on things like filling potholes. These moving and smaller work zones can sometimes be more dangerous, especially if you’re not paying attention to what is ahead of you.

Roadside Chat - Final four winners: buckled, sober, slow & focused

Roadside Chat - Final four winners: buckled, sober, slow & focused

April 5, 2024

4-5 final fourWith all the hype surrounding college basketball tournaments and the Hawkeye women playing in the Final Four, here’s a reminder of the winning final four to stay safe while behind the wheel.

Personnel updates for March 15 to March 28, 2024

Personnel updates for March 15 to March 28, 2024

April 4, 2024

New personnel imageInformation supplied by the Business Systems Bureau

Recent Iowa DOT awards

Recent Iowa DOT awards

April 4, 2024

AwardsThe Iowa DOT is focused on making lives better through transportation. Whether we are working to put safety first or focusing on our customers, innovation, and leadership are at the heart of the work we do. Sometimes that work earns us attention and accolades from our industry partners and peers. We are proud of those across our DOT team who have been recognized for the following awards.

April 2024 Service awards

April 2024 Service awards

April 1, 2024

ServiceawardInformation provided by the Business Systems Bureau

 

Roadside Chat - Keep your peeps safe. Buckle your bunny!

Roadside Chat - Keep your peeps safe. Buckle your bunny!

March 29, 2024

3-29 keep your peeps safeWhether your kids are in the backseat or your best friend is riding shotgun, we all want our “peeps” to be safe when we’re behind the wheel.

Making sure every person in your vehicle is properly buckled up can go a long way to reducing the number of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, and friends who die every year on Iowa’s roadways.

Roadside Chat: 3-point seat belt for the win!

Roadside Chat: 3-point seat belt for the win!

March 22, 2024

3-22 3-point seat beltSince 1986, the three-point line has been helping college basketball teams rack up points. Did you know the original three-pointer in safety terms is even older and has saved millions of lives?

The first 3-point seat belt was sold by Volvo in Sweden in 1959 after the automaker hired an engineer, Nils Bohlin, to find a better way to keep people safely inside a vehicle. Bohlin, who was formerly an aviation engineer who had previously helped develop ejection seats for aircraft, came up with the idea that has saved millions of lives.

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