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Iowa DOT Finishes Construction of Its Newest Park and Ride Lot at Dyersville

The Iowa Department of Transportation's Office of Systems Planning said the department has completed the state's newest "park and ride" lot within the department's highway right of way in Dyersville, which is west of Dubuque near the site of the "Field of Dreams" movie location.

The new lot, located south of U.S. 20, is open to the public free of charge, the announcement said.

The agency said this lot can be used as a pickup point for transit service operated by the Region 8 Regional Transit Authority. Park and ride lots can also be used as places where drivers can park their cars when connecting with carpools or van pools.

dollarpump.jpgThis is an example of how state DOTs provide facilities to assist transit and ride-sharing services, in addition to their road system responsibilities.

"The need for a park and ride lot in the Dyersville area was strongly supported by local stakeholders and through public input," said Joe Drahos, park and ride manager with the Office of Systems Planning.

"Analysis conducted during the development of the Iowa Park and Ride System Plan identified a need between Delaware County and Dubuque County along U.S. 20 near Dyersville, which lent additional support to stakeholder input," Drahos said.

The Iowa DOT said when it began implementing its Park and Ride System Plan in 2014, one of the tools it used was to make use of available Iowa DOT right of way property along highways.

"The high cost of acquiring new property for park and ride is oftentimes one of the biggest hurdles in establishing new lots," the agency said. "However, by leveraging existing right of way that is already owned by the department, the upfront cost associated with creating a new lot is substantially decreased. The Dyersville lot is an example of this approach to implementation."

More information about the Iowa DOT's statewide park and ride efforts is available here.

Questions regarding this article may be directed to editor@aashtojournal.org.

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