Dept. of Transportation Approves $2 Billion Road Improvement Program

Road construction along Interstate 35 near Ankeny on April 30, 2012. (ROGER RILEY/WHO-HD)

Road construction along Interstate 35 near Ankeny on April 30, 2012. (ROGER RILEY/WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A $2.7 billion road improvement plan is moving forward. The Iowa Transportation Commission approved the “Iowa Transportation Improvement Program” on Tuesday morning.

According to the Iowa DOT, a major component of the plan focuses on highways and interstates. More than $1.2 billion will be used to modernize existing roadways and enhance highway safety features.  $900 million will be used to upgrade the condition of state-owned bridges.

The plan covers fiscal years 2015 through 2019.

State officials said the plans are in jeopardy because of uncertainty in Congress over federal highway funding.