Local Systems


Federal-Aid Project Development Guide for Local Public Agencies

The Federal-Aid Project Development Guide for Local Public Agenices, referred to hereinafter as the Guide, provides a concise summary of information and instructions for local public agency (LPA) staff and consultants involved in the planning, development and construction of LPA federal-aid transportation projects. Where appropriate, the Guide references the IMs and other documents for more detailed information and instructions.

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Instructional Memorandums

The IMs provide assistance to LPAs on a wide variety of transportation-related topics. Some IMs supplement the Guide by providing more detailed information or instructions that are applicable to federal-aid transportation projects. Other IMs are applicable to state or locally funded projects. Still others are applicable to all types of projects. If the applicability of an IM is limited by funding or other considerations, this is explained in the "Contents" section at the beginning of the IM.

Updates to the Guide and IMs

When updates to the Guide or IMs are published online, an E-mail notice will be sent to those on the Local Systems Bureau mailing list.
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Note: The Iowa DOT does not provide printed copies of the Guide or IMs. Because the Guide and IMs are updated frequently, we recommend referring to the Guide and IMs online using the links provided above.

Revision Notices

When the Guide and/or IMs are revised, a revision notice is issued. The revision notice lists the IMs and/or sections of the Guide that were revised and provides a brief description of each. The following recent revision notices are provided for reference: