Transportation Matters in Iowa

Archives: May 2014

Securing your identity

Securing your identity

May 6, 2014

Holding-cardAre you who you say you are? Not long ago, you could walk into any driver’s license issuance site in the state and walk out with a driver’s license or nonoperator’s identification card in hand. All you needed were the proper documents. Identity thieves would often have all the right paperwork; it would just have someone else’s name on it. Two systematic changes, image verification and central issuance of driver’s licenses and ID cards, now allow the Iowa DOT to verify an identity much more accurately, better protecting us all from identity theft, and as we have seen lately in the news, allowing law enforcement to catch criminals who have been on the run for decades.

Personnel updates April 11 to April 24

Personnel updates April 11 to April 24

May 5, 2014

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Zero Fatalities Message Monday - May 5, 2014

Zero Fatalities Message Monday - May 5, 2014

May 5, 2014

5-5-message-mondayThink highway deaths only happen when cars and trucks crash? In Iowa last year, five people were killed in collisions with trains. Operation Lifesaver and the Iowa DOT remind motorists to be safe at all railroad crossings. As you approach a railroad crossing, always assume a train is coming, and look both ways before crossing. If the crossing is equipped with gate arms, it is against the law to weave around them. The risk of getting hit is not worth it!
So…….. “See Tracks? Think Train”.

Move over, slow down for road workers

Move over, slow down for road workers

May 2, 2014

MoveoverIowa DOT and construction employees working on the state’s highways, law enforcement and emergency personnel, and tow truck operators put their lives on the line every day. Two simple rules – move over and slow down – go a long way to drastically improve safety in highway work zones and in other emergency situations.

These two simple rules are not just a good idea. Since 2009 they have been Iowa’s law. When the “move over” law was signed, it was a first step to keep workers and motorists safer by setting the rules of the road for any driver who sees a stopped emergency, tow, or maintenance vehicle with flashing lights. 

Service awards for May 2014

Service awards for May 2014

May 2, 2014

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Personnel updates March 28 to April 10

Personnel updates March 28 to April 10

May 2, 2014

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Iowa on two wheels

Iowa on two wheels

May 1, 2014

BikemonthThe rain is supposed to let up, so this weekend will be the perfect time to get out and enjoy Iowa on two wheels. The Iowa DOT is joining the League of American Bicyclists to promote May as National Bike Month. 

To make your two-wheel travel planning easier, check out the Iowa DOT’s two interactive websites for information on travel adventures on Iowa’s byways and bicycle trails.

These full-feature sites are ideal for planning trips to explore Iowa’s two national scenic byways and nine state scenic and heritage byways along with Iowa’s many bicycle trails that crisscross and complement the byways. The byways website is: www.iowabyways.org; the bicycle website is: www.iowadot.gov/interactiveiowabikemap.htm.

 

Beauty is more than skin deep for Iowa's roadsides

Beauty is more than skin deep for Iowa's roadsides

May 1, 2014

ButterflyLiatrisSpring has finally sprung and Iowa’s roadsides are waking up and preparing to pop with color. The Iowa DOT manages and maintains approximately 231,600 acres of roadside along Iowa’s interstates and state highways.  

Prior to 1990, the roadsides usually contained vegetation that was not native to Iowa. Since that time, a great deal of research has been done to discover just the right combination of plants for a given area to protect the environment, enhance safety and reduce maintenance costs.

 

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