Traffic Operations

Freeway in Des Moines

Keeping highway travelers in Iowa moving – that’s the goal of Traffic Operations . 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 mobility through the Transportation System Management and Operations program. 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. 

Program structure

  • Overarching strategic plan
  • More detailed program plan
  • Several tactical plans that lay out specific strategies for tackling Iowa’s unique transportation challenges

Traffic Operations includes:

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