System Operations features the following support options:

Highway Helper Sponsorship

Office of Traffic Operations

Ensures the mobility and safe operation of the transportation system through proactive traffic management which is also called Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO). The office oversees:

  • Management of the day-to-day traffic operations on the highway system through the statewide Traffic Management Center (TMC)
  • Management of  the emergency planning and response efforts on behalf of the DOT
  • Management and maintenance of the 511 Traveler Information System
  • Deployment and maintenance of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) on the highway system
  • Development  and maintenance of a coordinated, comprehensive statewide traffic incident management (TIM) program
  • Management of Iowa's safety service patrol program (Highway Helper)
  • Management of Iowa's TSMO plan

Vision Document

Automated Vehicle Technologies

The Iowa DOT believes it's important to prepare for emerging technologies that will shape the future of transportation. We have partnered with Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and HERE North America on a project to set a vision that will help us prepare for increasing levels of vehicle automation.

Rest area sponsorship

Office of Maintenance

In partnership with field maintenance, we will manage our maintenance operations so that consistent, effective and quality services are provided to the traveling public.

  • Winter operations
  • Winter travel information
  • WeatherView/AWOS
  • Adopt-A-Highway information
  • Maintenance garages and roadways
  • ROW harvisting and mowing
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Rest area sponsorship

Office of Traffic and Safety

Serving Iowans with professionalism, a caring spirit and integrity.

  • Traffic Engineering – design and operational issues involving traffic mobility, safety and efficiency involving intersection design, signing, traffic signals, pavement markings and lighting
  • Transportation Safety – making our roadways safer by developing safety projects funded by federal and state programs, conducting safety reviews and providing world-class crash data
  • Advertising Management – manage programs including billboards, logo signs, tourist-oriented directional signs, private directional signs, and junkyards
  • Sign Shop – manufacture and provide highway and facility signs for the Iowa DOT and some governmental agencies
  • Work Zone Safety – provide leadership in the development of design policies, specifications, training and research related to work zones
  • Utility Accommodation and Coordination – providing benefits to Iowans by allowing and managing public utilities in the highway right-of-way
  • Access Management – providing safe and efficient access (driveways) to the primary highway system
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