The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) has adopted a policy of allowing Cities and Counties having ownership of State and US Highways that pass through their localities if there are other viable routes over where traffic can be diverted, enabling the Iowa DOT to effectively manage their assets and meet their primary objective of providing safe and efficient transportation network. This process of transferring ownership of the Iowa DOT asset to a local system entity is defined as Transfer of Jurisdiction (TJ).
Since, the primary aim of the Iowa DOT is to keep traffic moving through the network, this can be at odds with the requirements or needs of the City with respect to the vision, traffic safety and other aspects the City has for its future growth and economic future.
Removing these highways from the State network will decrease truck traffic on these sections of the highway considerably. Additionally, truck traffic can be further discouraged by using road diets, traffic calming and other measures to slow down the traffic through the City limits.
As part of the TJ agreement, the Iowa DOT generally commits to either repairing or reconstructing the roads to a state of good repair or provide equivalent funding to the City in lieu of the work. This money is not expressly earmarked for the roads being transferred and is typically an addition to the City’s general funds.
Suggested Sites of Traffic Improvements
The McClure Traffic team will be developing detailed concepts in partnership with the City of Oskaloosa. Presented below are identified sites where traffic could improve. Full details of these concepts are provided in Appendix H.
MEET WITH DEVELOPMENT GROUP TO REVIEW PLAN
The City of Oskaloosa, Mahaska County Development Group
The City will set up a meeting with Commission member(s) and the Mahaska County Development Group to brief them on the vision, the discussions, and convey the willingness of the City and DOT to work in partnership.