The Iowa Transportation Commission approved the annual update to its five-year transportation improvement plan during its meeting today. John Ranney is the director of the D.O.T.’s office of program management.
“A major component of the program is the highway section, which includes investments to the primary highway system. And for the next five years, it is forecast that $2.6-billion will be available for highway right-of-way and construction activities,” Ranney says.
The highway portion includes construction on the interstate highways in the Quad Cities on the eastern side of the state, and Sioux City and Council Bluffs on the western side of the state. Dozens of other projects are set across the state as Ranney says the goal is to modernize the primary highway system.
“As projects get completed, other projects are started. And another program objective that the commission does have is to add capacity and system enhancement projects,” Ranney explains. He says there were 10 projects added to this program covering 2013 to 2017, and there were four projects that were advanced in the program.
The five-year plan also includes money for airports, rail crossings, trails and other transportation issues. See the complete five-year plan here: www.iowadot.gov/program_management/five_year.html