Iowa has one of the most extensive systems of roads and highways of any state in the union. Flying over the state it would seem every square mile is etched with a road, usually a hard-surfaced one. Every stream seems to have a span across it and while the state’s population is stable, the miles traveled per capita have steadily risen in the last 25 years.
Three dollar gas may be curbing some of that behavior, but the roads and bridges are still there and in need of maintenance. We’ll take up the cost, as well as some priorities that will need to be developed on The Iowa Journal.
Guests for the program include Nancy Richardson, director of the Iowa Department of Transportation; and Tom Reilly, chairman of the Iowa Senate Transportation committee. Kay Henderson of Radio Iowa will also be on hand for a look behind the day’s headlines. (27:47)