Archives: April 2020
April 29, 2020
A major component of any successful highway project is collecting, analyzing, and incorporating input from the people who live and work in the area and use the transportation system every day. For decades, the Iowa Department of Transportation sought this public involvement at in-person meetings.
While we recognize that these meetings are very useful, we also recognize people’s behaviors change over time, and there is always room for improvement at gaining even more public input. Valerie Brewer, one of the Iowa DOT’s two public involvement managers, said, “For in-person meetings, we used several outreach efforts to get information about the meeting to those who might be interested. Then those people needed to attend that meeting at an appointed time. Oftentimes, attendance was very low. Those who did attend were able to view paper documents related to the project and presentations by DOT staff. Comments were collected in writing. This process did collect valuable input, but we knew we could do more to involve those people who rely on the transportation system in their area.”
April 24, 2020
April 10, 2020
April 10, 2020
Keeping the transportation system operating safely and efficiently is at the heart of the Iowa DOT’s mission. As we navigate our way through this unprecedented time, our workforce remains committed to supporting the movement of people and goods throughout Iowa, so that everyone can play their role to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
April 2, 2020
It’s something that isn’t supposed to happen in small-town Iowa. On Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2019, a gunman shot and killed a bank employee, 43-year old Jessica Weishaar of Algona, in the rural northern Iowa community of Lu Verne.
The small town of 260 people has no police force of its own, so agencies from around the area were called to action, including two Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officers who played a key role in quickly apprehending the suspect.
April 1, 2020