Five year DOT road plan spends heavily on bridges

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Ames, Iowa – The Iowa Transportation Commission approved the annual update to the five-year plan for road improvements Tuesday. The director of the D-O-T planning and programming division Stuart Anderson says they’ll spend a little more once again this year.

A big slice of the money approved is going toward bridges.

He says the amount of money spent on bridges has steadily increased and the number of structurally deficient bridges on the state highway system has been reduced from 256 in 2006 to 81 in 2015. They have prioritized the bridges to decide which ones will get worked on first in the next year.

The plan adds a new year of projects each year as projects are completed, and some major projects carry over.

The D-O-T planners put together the estimated cost of the projects before they are approved by the Transportation Commission. Anderson says they’ve been fortunate that the final bids have been better than expected.

You can see the complete list of projects in the plan at IowaDOT.gov.

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