The present two-lane portions of U.S. Highway 30 are the most dangerous of any two-lane segments in Iowa. For the past 5+ years the Iowa U.S. Highway 30 Coalition has been working with the Iowa Department of Transportation, Federal and State Legislators, Council of Governments and Local Government as well as industry and residents to pull together resources to improve this in a responsible way.
Very strong progress has been made over the past few years in connecting Tama – Toledo safely to Des Moines, Ames and Marshalltown with four-lane, but we are not done yet. Benton County to Cedar Rapids MSA is next (in the plan for 2014), and over the next two years the Tama-Toledo to Hwy 21 environmental analysis is expected to be completed so that can also be considered for four-laning in the future. But funding is still an obstacle. Vehicles are getting more and more fuel efficient, while the fuel gas tax rate has been locked in place since 1989 in Iowa (instead of being indexed or adjusted to how construction and road rehabilitation costs have increased over the past 23 years). This is especially worrisome when truck traffic for example is expected to double on Hwy 30 over the next 10 years. But we are not alone here along Hwy 30. Others also did the math and realized changes are needed.
So what can you do? A new bi-partisan transportation funding plan has been proposed that has the support of many of the associations you trust to do due diligence like Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Truckers Association, County Engineers, Iowa Association of Counties, Iowa League of Cities, and more. You are very welcome to also get involved and learn more about this by clicking on the CAC 20/20 Transportation Report. You can also connect with the leaders behind these solutions in-person over the next few weeks. Here is a snapshot of some upcoming meetings:
U.S. HIGHWAY 30 COALITION MEETING:
Friday, January 13, 2012
Marshalltown Chamber of Commerce
709 S. Center Street, Marshalltown, Iowa
Agenda includes: 1) Transportation Day @ Capitol Jan. 24, 2) Bi-Partisan Gas Tax Bill, 3) Hwy 30 Day @ the Capitol, 4) Message for Washington D.C.. New members welcome. [more info….]
TRANSPORTATION DAY 2012 AT THE CAPITOL
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Des Moines, Iowa
Speakers (invited*) include: Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, DOT Director Paul Trombino, III, DOT Planning Programming and Modal Division Stu Anderson, Sen Tom Rielly*, Rep Dave Tjepkes*, David Scott (Iowa Good Roads Assn/Iowa Motor Truck Assn)*, Iowa Bankers Association*, Community Bankers of Iowa*, Iowa Farm Bureau*, Iowa State Assn of Counties*, Iowa League of Cities* (* denotes invited but not jet confirmed)