Research

Mission, Values, and Focus Areas

From its inception, the Iowa Department of Transportation has been a leader in significant transportation research. Beginning with the Iowa Highway Research Board program in 1950, the Iowa DOT has stayed on the leading edge of innovations in materials, processes, and technologies that have brought improvement and longevity to transportation systems across the world.

The Iowa DOT’s transportation research achievements are a result of numerous collaborations between Iowa DOT research staff, university researchers, technical experts, local system engineers, and industry partners.

Our Mission

Driving a quality research program that delivers targeted solutions for Iowa's transportation future.

FOCUS AREAS

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SAFETY

Reducing transportation fatalities and serious injuries through system-wide, multimodal, data-driven, and proactive strategies.

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MOBILITY

Improving the accessibility, reliability, time, and costs associated with the movement of people and goods.

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SUSTAINABILITY

Considering how transportation supports economic, social, and environmental progress with a long-term perspective.

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TECHNOLOGY

Evaluation both current and potential technologies and incorporating them effectively into existing agency functions.

core values

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INNOVATION

Searching beyond the status quo.

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COLLABORATION

Working together to create value.

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INTEGRITY

Doing the right things for the right reasons.

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SIMPLICITY

Bringing order to complexity.


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