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New Iowa map available

Jul 10, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED The Iowa Department of Transportation’s new 2017-18 Transportation Map is now available.

AMES — With all the electronic gadgets that help navigate the highways and byways, one of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s most popular publications still is the paper version of its transportation map.

The 2017-18 version in the standard foldout paper form was recently released, and electronic and mobile app versions of the map also are available on the internet.

This is the second map printed on a two-year cycle. Mark Hansen, from the Iowa D.O.T.’s Office of Systems Planning, oversees the map production. He said, “While it’s true many people access the map online and via the mobile app, we still have thousands of requests every year for the printed version. Printing on a two-year cycle continues to serve the needs of those customers who rely on the paper copies, while saving tax dollars.”

Because the transportation system is always changing, the Iowa D.O.T. makes several hundred changes to the map with each printing. While the map is printed every two years, the online and mobile app versions are updated annually.

Transportation brings people together. The cover of the 2017-18 Iowa Transportation maps shows the beauty of rural Iowa, one of the state’s breathtaking bridges and the future of the state: its children. There also is a message from Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg.

The map shows all highways, airports, rail lines, lakes, rivers, and major county roads. Detail maps are shown for the state’s 16 largest cities that identify highways, major streets, and city boundaries. The map information also includes a chart to find mileage between select Iowa cities; and an index listing the cities shown on the map, along with their populations and map location.

Copies of the 2017-18 map are available at Iowa D.O.T.’s driver’s license service centers, county treasurer’s offices, all six Iowa D.O.T. district offices, Iowa’s welcome centers, and the state’s rest areas.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Iowa Tourism Office also distributes maps to all travelers requesting tourism information online and by phone.

To order a free Iowa travel packet that includes the new map and Iowa Travel Guide, visit traveliowa.com.

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