FY 2018-2022 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program Approved by the Iowa Transportation Commission
CORALVILLE, IA The Iowa Transportation Commission (Commission) has approved the Fiscal Year 2018-2022 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program (Program). The Program reflects Iowa's multimodal transportation system through inclusion of investments in aviation, transit, railroads, trails, and highways. The Program represents a major commitment to the Iowa DOT's mission of safe mobility - of getting you there safely, efficiently, and conveniently. The Program is posted and available on the Iowa DOT's website.
This Program continues to advance investment of funding to improve state roads and bridges. These advances are possible due to additional revenue authorized by Senate File 257 and signed into law by Governor Terry E. Branstad on Feb. 25, 2015. As directed by the legislation, 100 percent of the additional revenue allocated to the Iowa DOT will be spent on critical road and bridge construction projects. These critical projects address pavement, bridge, and safety needs and also provide the necessary transportation infrastructure to lower transportation costs and support Iowa's growing economy. A list of projects able to be funded due to Senate File 257 is included in the highway section of the Program.
A major component of the Program is the highway program that documents programmed investments in the Primary Highway System for the next five years. For FY 2018-2022, approximately $3.5 billion is forecast to be available for highway right of way and construction.
The highway section was developed to achieve several objectives. The Commission's primary investment objective remains stewardship, including safety, maintenance, and modernization of Iowa's existing highway system. More than $1.7 billion is programmed from FY 2018 through FY 2022 for modernization of Iowa's existing highway system and for enhanced highway safety features.
The Program includes more than $1.2 billion of investments in Iowa's state-owned bridges. Over the last few years, the number of structurally deficient bridges on the state highway system has been reduced from 256 in 2006 to 64 in 2016 as a result of the Commission's emphasis to improve the condition of Iowa's bridges.
The Commission and Iowa DOT continue to recognize the critical importance of an effective and efficient Interstate Highway System. The interstate highways connect all transportation systems in Iowa and allow major freight movements to occur delivering Iowa products to the world's marketplace. The highway section includes significant interstate investments on Interstate 29 in Sioux City, the interstate system in Council Bluffs, and the I-74 Mississippi River bridge replacement in Bettendorf. Portions of these investments address stewardship needs.
Additional capacity and system enhancement projects
Another highway programming objective is developing and constructing capacity and system enhancement projects. The Commission was able to add construction for four-lane improvements to U.S. 61 in Des Moines and Louisa counties from north of Mediapolis to 1 mile north of Iowa 78 and for six-lane improvements to I-80 in Cedar County.
The Commission was also able to add several significant small and medium sized projects that address safety and condition needs. These projects include the following.
Iowa 1 in Jefferson County in Fairfield
Iowa 3 in Dubuque County from north of Boy Scout Road to Sageville
U.S. 6 in Pottawattamie County from Railroad Highway to County Road G-67 (Hunt Avenue) in Council Bluffs
Iowa 14 in Marshall and Grundy counties from County Road E-18 to Iowa 175
Iowa 17 in Boone County north of U.S. 30
U.S. 18 in Floyd County at the U.S. 218 intersection in Floyd
U.S. 30 in Story County from east of I-35 to east of 600th Avenue
U.S. 75 in Plymouth County from Woodbury County to Merrill
Iowa 92 in Keokuk County at the Iowa 21 and the County Road V-33 intersections
Iowa 92 in Washington and Louisa counties from east of U.S. 218 to Iowa 70 in Columbus Junction
U.S 169 in Dallas County from Iowa 141 to U.S. 30.
Continuation of previously programmed projects
The Commission remains committed to previous highway programming actions by maintaining the schedules of large multiyear corridor improvement projects. These multiyear corridor improvement projects include the following.
Iowa 3 in Dubuque County from Luxemburg to north of Boy Scout Road
U.S. 6 in Polk County from south of Euclid Avenue to north of 38th Street in Des Moines
Iowa 13 in Linn County from north of County Home Road to south of Central City
U.S. 20 in Webster County from east of County Road P-73 to Iowa 17
U.S. 20 in Black Hawk County from Iowa 21 to the Cedar River in Waterloo
U.S. 20 in Dubuque County at Swiss Valley Road
U.S. 30 in Tama/Benton counties from the Tama bypass to U.S. 218
U.S. 30 in Linn County for the Mount Vernon and Lisbon bypass
U.S. 30 in Clinton County at County Road Y-62
U.S. 52 in Dubuque County for the Southwest Arterial
Iowa 57 in Black Hawk County in Cedar Falls
Iowa 58 in Black Hawk County at Viking Road in Cedar Falls
U.S. 61 in Des Moines County from Burlington to north of Mediapolis
U.S. 63 in Wapello County from County Road J-12 to U.S. 34 in Ottumwa
U.S. 65 in Jasper County at the Iowa 117/330 intersection
U.S. 69 in Polk County from I-80 to Southeast 33rd Street in Ankeny
Iowa 100 in Linn County from U.S. 30 to Covington Road in Cedar Rapids
Iowa 122 in Cerro Gordo County in Mason City
Iowa 141 in Monona County from east of County Road L-32 to west of County Road L-37
Iowa 146 in Marshall County from County Road E-49 to U.S. 30
U.S. 151 in Linn County from south of Church Street in Fairfax to north of Dean Road
U.S. 218 in Black Hawk County from Broadway Street to the Airport interchange in Waterloo
Iowa 934 in Black Hawk County on University Avenue in Waterloo (as compensation for a transfer of jurisdiction)
A large part of funding available for highway programming comes from the federal government. Accurately estimating future federal funding levels is dependent on having a multiyear federal transportation authorization bill. The current authorization, Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, was signed into law Dec. 4, 2015. For the first time in many years, this authorization bill provides federal funding certainty for most of the time period covered by the Program. However, it is a five-year authorization bill that will expire Sept. 30, 2020, which is before the fourth year of the FY 2018-2022 Iowa Transportation Improvement Program. Therefore, there is some federal funding uncertainty after this date.