Traffic Operations Bureau

Freeway in Des Moines

Keeping highway travelers in Iowa moving – that’s the goal of the Traffic Operations Bureau in the Systems Operations Division. We utilize technology like cameras and sensors to gather, analyze, and provide information to the traveling public. 

Key elements of this group’s efforts are the coordination of safety and mobility through Transportation System Management and Operations(TSMO). Since safe, reliable mobility is our agency’s goal, this program provides a basis for a large portion of the functions within the Iowa DOT. The program is guided by and aligns with the Iowa DOT State Long-Range Transportation Plan and the Iowa DOT Business Plan.

Program structure

Traffic Operations includes:

  • Traffic Management Center
  • Emergency management
  • Highway Helper program
  • Support for incident response to law enforcement and other emergency crews and Iowa DOT field staff