State Approves New 5-Year Road Plan

Ames, Iowa — The State Transportation Commission has approved the five-year transportation improvement plan.

DOT systems planner Stuart Anderson says the plan is updated every year, and last year was a difficult one due to inflation.

That meant they had to delay 12 projects in the plan last year. Anderson says the outlook was much different as they updated the plan this year.

There is approximately $4.5 billion of state and federal funding forecast to be available over the next five years for road and bridge improvements in the plan. Anderson says bridges and interchanges get a lot of focus.

The program includes I-80 Middle Road Interchange reconstruction in Bettendorf, I-80 Mississippi River bridge replacement, I-35/80/235 Southwest Mixmaster modernization in Polk County, I-35 bridge replacement and widening at the US 30 interchange in Ames, I-35 widening between Ankeny and Iowa 210, I-29 interchange construction in Woodbury County, and adding more than 50 truck parking spots.

You can find the complete five-year plan on the DOT’s website.

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