The Iowa Department of Transportation

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Today, Gov. Reynolds announced the appointment of Scott Marler to serve as Director at the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT). His appointment is effective today.

Marler says he is looking forward to serving the citizens of Iowa.

Interim Director Stuart Anderson will return to his role as Director of the Planning, Programming, & Modal Division.   

In December, Governor Reynolds asked the current DOT director Mark Lowe to resign. Reynolds said she “decided to seek a change in leadership.

  

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34 states are now reporting high flu activity. 

That is an increase from 25 states last week.  Iowa and Nebraska are two of the 34 states experiencing high flu activity. 

In Iowa, the Department of Public Health lists influenza as "widespread" throughout the state.  The IDPH says this season there's been over 6,000 Iowans hospitalized for the flu and 11 people have reportedly died due to flu-related symptoms. 

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It looks like Republican Steve King may face off once again against Sioux City’s JD Sholten in the 4thDistrict Congressional race.

The Sioux City Democrat from Sioux City says today he will make a second run for the seat.  King.has held the seat for 17 years.

Scholten says political analysts around the country said that nobody could get close to defeating King.  But Scholten last year Scholten lost to King by only three percentage points, instead of the usual 20.

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Highway travel has been restored between Interstate 29 and the Missouri River near Percival in southwest Iowa.

The Iowa Transportation Department said yesterday that a contractor has laid down the temporary pavement in damaged areas of the westbound lanes of Iowa Highway 2. The two lanes will be divided for now into eastbound and westbound traffic.

The state board that oversees Iowa’s medical cannabis industry won’t be adding any new conditions to the list of approved uses.

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Heavy Rain Causes Closed Roads, Detours, 4:04

May 29, 2019

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Motorists using Interstate 29 in western and southwestern are back to traveling a maze of detours as a new round of flooding closes portions of Interstate 29 and other highways and roads.

State transportation officials have closed an estimated 51 miles of interstate in southwest Iowa due to recent rainfall and flooding. Detours will be in place.

Scott Suhr (Sewer) with the Iowa Department of Transportation says the D-O-T did not anticipate the recent heavy rainfall in western Iowa and had actually just re-opened some roadways like a portion of US-34.

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Gov. Kim Reynolds has named a corporate attorney who has contributed money to her campaign to a state commission that nominates candidates for positions on the Iowa Supreme Court and the Iowa Court of Appeals.

Reynolds on Friday named Dan Huitink (HOY-tink) to the state judicial nominating commission.

Huitink is a lawyer for Vermeer Corp. in Pella and is a former assistant U.S. attorney.

Democrats have criticized the change, saying Republicans want to stack the courts in their favor after losing recent cases on abortion and same-sex marriage.

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The Iowa Department of Transportation will conduct a public information meeting on May 21 to talk about proposed improvements to the Gordon Drive viaduct in Sioux City. The viaduct was completed in 1937 and expanded to four lanes in 1966. The improvement project stretches from Fairmount Street to Virginia Street.

The meeting is set for 5 p.m.-7 p.m. in the Sioux City Convention Center, 

The Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement non-profit group is holding a meeting in Sioux City tonight to discuss their quest for ensuring the state has clean water.

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May 8, 2019

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The Iowa Department of Transportation opened travel on flood-damaged Interstate 29 between U-S Highway 34 and the Missouri border this morning.

DOT transportation planner, Scott Suhr says the opening comes after a lot of effort. He told Radio Iowa that the contractor’s been there working for the last several weeks and has made significant progress. It won’t be completely opened up to two lanes in each direction, He says drivers will have to use caution on that portion of the road.