Transportation Matters FOR Iowa

Roadside Chat: In Loving Memory—Belts—Hugs—Donate for Life

Roadside Chat: In Loving Memory—Belts—Hugs—Donate for Life

May 24, 2024

5-24-in-loving-memoryThe last two weeks have brought profound sorrow to the Iowa DOT family.

We tragically lost Matt Dickerson, one of our maintenance employees out of our Neola Garage when he was struck and killed in a work zone on I-80 near Council Bluffs last Thursday. 

Earlier that week we were shocked to learn of the passing of Bob Mycka an assistant survey party chief in northwest Iowa.

And just this past Saturday, we received the devastating news that we lost Tracey Bramble, the consistent voice of the Iowa DOT’s social media, one of the creators of our overhead interstate board messages, and the writer of this blog. We can honestly say, our messages, and the Roadside Chat program will never be the same without Tracey’s personal stamp.

Roadside Chat: The Way You Drive Can Save Lives

Roadside Chat: The Way You Drive Can Save Lives

May 17, 2024

5-17-way-you-driveWhat you do behind the wheel can have an impact on the number of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends who are killed on Iowa highways. If every driver followed these four simple rules behind the wheel, everyone would be safer on the road.

Personnel updates for April 26 to May 9, 2024

Personnel updates for April 26 to May 9, 2024

May 16, 2024

New personnel imageInformation supplied by the Business Systems Bureau

Roadside Chat: Seat belts hug you like I do - Mom

Roadside Chat: Seat belts hug you like I do - Mom

May 10, 2024

5-10 mothers daySometimes you just need a hug. Scientists have proven that being hugged can uplift your mood by releasing endorphins in your system that act as natural pain relievers, slow down your heart rate, and decrease the level of a certain stress hormone in your body.

When you feel that seat belt around you, your stress level may also decrease knowing that simple, two-second action can save your life.

Moving mussels proves to be a real workout in Northeast Iowa

Moving mussels proves to be a real workout in Northeast Iowa

May 7, 2024

Mussel recovery near LansingJust like your liver filters your blood, mussels in the Mississippi River filter out toxins and help balance the river’s ecosystem. To protect the mussels from damage during the construction process, two recent Mississippi River bridge projects involving the Iowa Department of Transportation have included relocating thousands of mussels, some of which are on the endangered species list.

Personnel updates for April 12 to April 25, 2024

Personnel updates for April 12 to April 25, 2024

May 3, 2024

New personnel imageInformation supplied by the Business Systems Bureau

Roadside Chat: Be nice, look twice for bikes

Roadside Chat: Be nice, look twice for bikes

May 3, 2024

5-3 be nice look twiceWith spring in the air, lots of folks are taking to the road on two wheels. Whether on a motorcycle or bicycle, being “Iowa nice” and sharing the road comes with responsibilities for everyone.

May 2024 Service awards

May 2024 Service awards

May 1, 2024

ServiceawardInformation provided by the Business Systems Bureau

 

Roadside Chat: Save lives! Drive safely. Be an organ donor.

Roadside Chat: Save lives! Drive safely. Be an organ donor.

April 26, 2024

4-26 organ donorDonors are superstars! That’s the theme of this year’s National Donate Life Month.

Did you know that 1.6 million Iowans have said “yes” to becoming an organ and tissue donor? Of those, 97 percent signed up at a DMV.

Reviving Iowa’s Pristine Prairie Beauty

Reviving Iowa’s Pristine Prairie Beauty

April 25, 2024

20190810_104212Back in 1905, when Henry J. Cuddeback acquired his family farm near Washington, Iowa, the landscape was already transformed with crop fields and pastures. Yet, long before settlers arrived, the land thrived with expansive tall grass prairies and vibrant wildflowers. Over the generations, the Cuddeback family witnessed significant changes surrounding their farm, including the gradual loss of Iowa's native beauty.

Jim Cuddeback, Henry's great-grandson, developed a deep passion for preserving native prairie grasses and wildflowers during his time at the University of Northern Iowa. Little did he know, he was on the brink of joining a movement aimed at restoring Iowa's prairie legacy along roadsides throughout the state.

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