Message from the Director

Thank you for visiting the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Recovery Web site, a tool for information about the transportation components of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA or Recovery Act) of 2009 . The site was created to keep you, other Iowans and all Americans informed about how Iowa is investing the transportation funds the state is receiving from the Recovery Act. This is the single site where you will find all the information about Iowa’s share of Recovery Act transportation funds, the requirements and restrictions associated with the funds, general ways in which Iowa will invest the funds, specific projects that are being funded, progress of those projects up to completion, and a wide array of data and information about the projects in both individual and aggregate form. In short, we want this site to provide you everything there is to know about Iowa’s use of and benefit from the Recovery Act transportation funding.

The Recovery Act is fundamentally about creating and supporting jobs, and boosting this nation’s, and Iowa’s, economy. We are very pleased that Congress and President Obama understood that investing in transportation infrastructure could be part of the solution. The Recovery Act could not have come at a more crucial time for Iowa’s transportation systems. Iowa’s aging transportation infrastructure is in desperate need of investment…construction costs have risen significantly; revenues are slipping due to declines in fuel and vehicle sales; and the severe winter and spring weather of the last couple years has had a lingering impact on Iowa’s transportation infrastructure and our economy.

Investment in transportation infrastructure will achieve two important and complementary goals. First, it will create and support jobs. It will directly create and help retain existing jobs in highway construction, repairing or upgrading rail track, repairing trails, improving or repairing transit and airport buildings, replacing aging transit vehicles, and a myriad of other capital improvements. It will indirectly support other industries and businesses, including those on Main Street in Iowa communities. Secondly, it will make much-needed, long-term improvements in Iowa’s multi-modal transportation system to help our economy both rebound and thrive. Iowans will benefit from the fruits of these Recovery Act investments for many years—even decades—to come.

There is a lot of work to do to spend these funds quickly and as intended. The Iowa DOT is committed to making sure that every tax dollar is spent wisely and that we do so in a fair, open and transparent way. We value the public’s involvement in our journey and encourage Iowans to visit this site often to stay informed about our progress. Whether it is “work zone ahead” or “pardon our progress,” we are excited and appreciative of the opportunities that these Recovery Act funds are providing to Iowa’s transportation systems.

Overview of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.

Implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)

This Web site is aimed at helping the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) fulfill its commitment to investing Recovery Act dollars with a high level of transparency and accountability so Iowans and other American taxpayers know where their tax dollars are going and how they are being spent.

The Iowa DOT is also committed to insuring that: qualified personnel oversee Recovery Act funds; federal requirements for development, procurement and contract administration are followed; funds are awarded and distributed in a prompt, fair and reasonable manner; the public benefits of these funds are reported clearly, accurately and in a timely manner; funds are used for authorized purposes; program goals are achieved; sufficient accounting and audit systems are in place; progress against accountability measures is tracked; all laborers and mechanics employed by contractors and subcontractors are paid not less than the prevailing wages under the Davis-Bacon Act; all iron, steel and manufactured goods used in the projects are produced in the United States; and provisions in the National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other related federal and state statutes are followed.

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