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Scott County Secondary Road Construction Notice PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Angela Kersten   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 08:42

Scott County Asphalt Resurfacing Project on 210th Avenue (Utica Ridge Rd) between 240th Street (Co. F-45) and 300th Street (Co. F-33) starting 8/13/2014 through approximately 8/29/2014. Construction of the asphalt resurfacing project will require single lane closures during the daytime for road patching. Traffic will be controlled using flaggers and pilot cars.  Access to adjacent properties within the project area will be maintained during construction but delays should be expected. Alternate routes are advised.

Scott County Asphalt Resurfacing Project on 270th Street from Scott County Park to 210th Avenue (Utica Ridge Rd) starting 8/13/2014 through approximately 8/29/2014.  Construction of the asphalt resurfacing project will require single lane closures during the daytime for road patching. Traffic will be controlled using flaggers and pilot cars.  Access to adjacent properties within the project area will be maintained during construction but delays should be expected. Alternate routes are advised.

For more information, contact the Scott County Secondary Roads Department at 563-326-8640.

Gov. Branstad, Iowa DOT announce new service for Iowans – Personalized and specialty plate applications now available online PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 14:22

(DES MOINES) - At his news conference this morning, Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino announced a new service which allows vehicle owners purchasing personalized or specialty registration plates to complete the process online. This new online application allows customers to apply for plates where and when it is convenient for them rather than using the paper application that has been in place for many years. The online process can be completed by customers in minutes, with typical application processing around one day, rather than the paper application process which can take up to 18 days.

View the Iowa DOT’s Personalized Plate Application

The online product is another service from state government designed to increase the level of service and reduce wait time for Iowans.

Customers wishing to obtain personalized plates can now enter their personalization in the online system and immediately see if their desired combination is available. Plate fees vary depending on plate design and are shown in the system when a plate design is chosen.

The online process not only saves customers time, it reduces staff time by eliminating 14 paper processing steps. The online process will also eliminate postage costs, saving both the customer and the state money. In fiscal year 2014, the Iowa DOT processed 17,177 paper applications for specialty and personalized plates.

Here’s how the online process works:

1.       The customer must have an Iowa driver’s license or non-driver ID to complete the online process.

2.       Go to and enter information about the vehicle you are licensing and type of plate you are wanting.

3.       If the requested personalization and/or specialty plate requested are available, the online process will allow customers to see on-screen how their plate will look. The system will notify customers if their desired personalization and/ or plate are not available.

4.       Payment can be made online through the system using, Discover, MasterCard, or VISA. A $1.50 convenience fee will apply.

5.       The plate production time of 21 days remains the same for both paper and online processes.

6.       Customer will receive notification once plates are available for pick up at their county treasurer’s office.  Current plates on the vehicle must be returned when the new plates are picked up.

All specialty and personalized license plate orders are subject to Iowa DOT approval.  Reasons for denial of an application include personalizations which are sexual in connotation; a term of vulgarity, contempt, prejudice, hostility, insult, or racial or ethnic degradation; recognized as a swear word; a reference to an illegal substance or to a criminal act; offensive or a foreign word falling into any of these categories; or those that conflict with the regular license numbering system.

This online process is available for any license plate that does not require a qualification for the vehicle owner (such as firefighter, EMS, veterans, amateur radio, or persons with disabilities). Applications for plates that require a certification must still be ordered through the mail or at a county treasurer’s office. Complete information regarding personalized and specialty plates can be found online at

Standard design county numbered plates continue to be available at the customer’s county treasurer’s office.


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Written by Cathie Rochau   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:13

What: "APEX '14" (APEX stands for Airport Mass Casualty Training Exercise)

Who: Quad City International Airport and supporting area mutual aid agencies
(fire and police), including American Red Cross of the Quad Cities, local area
hospitals and EMT's, to name a few.

When: Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Arrive at 7:45 a.m.

Where: Entry will be through gate #42, located at the south end of 61st. St. Vehicle parking will be in the grass, along the perimeter fence. Media will be allowed into the site when everyone is gathered to enter into the gate, preferably as a group. (See below.)

Why: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that an Airport Mass Casualty Training Exercise be conducted every three years. The last exercise was held in 2011.

Contact: Media interested in conducting interviews, attending or taking photos of the drill should contact Cathie Rochau prior to event date at (309) 757-1743 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

IDOT Chicago-Moline Rail Service PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Guy Tridgell   
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 09:02

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that an agreement has been reached with the Iowa Interstate Railroad to perform design work for a portion of the route for the new passenger rail service between Chicago and Moline.

Next month, IDOT is planning to begin making improvements to accommodate service on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway portion of the route.

“This agreement is another significant milestone in re-establishing passenger service between two great Illinois cities,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren. “I would like to thank the Iowa Interstate Railroad, as well as the BNSF, for working with us as the host railroads to deliver a service that will create jobs, spark economic development, provide another travel option and improve the quality of life in so many communities along this line.”

The agreement permits the Iowa Interstate Railroad to begin designing the signal system and plan the execution of the track and tie improvements that will allow passenger trains on the 53 miles between Wyanet and Moline. Once the planning work is done later this year and upon agreement between IDOT and the railroad regarding the scope of the project and the responsibilities for maintenance and operations expenses for the service, IDOT and the railroad will determine a construction timeline and start date for service along the entire route between Chicago and Moline.

Construction is scheduled to begin in September at BNSF’s Eola Yard in Aurora to facilitate additional passenger trains on the 109 miles between Chicago and Wyanet.
The Chicago-Moline service is made possible by $78 million from Governor Pat Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program and $177 million in federal funding.

Agreement between IDOT and the railroads will return passenger rail to the Quad Cities for the first time since 1979. Service will begin with two daily round-trips, with stops in LaGrange, Naperville, Plano, Mendota, Princeton and Geneseo, which will receive a new $1.7 million station as part of the project.

In addition to these improvements, Illinois Jobs Now! is providing $5 million toward the new multimodal station in downtown Moline, a project that includes a federal contribution of $10 million and a $1.7 million local match.

Also under Governor Quinn, IDOT has led the multistate effort to utilize $47 million in federal funds from the $177 million grant to purchase new Amtrak locomotives and railcars for the Chicago-Moline corridor.

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Oktoberfest in the Amana Colonies Friday, October 3, Saturday, October 4 & Sunday, October 5, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Emily Kelly   
Friday, 01 August 2014 09:16
AMANA, Iowa – All are invited to celebrate Oktoberfest in the historic Amana Colonies. There’s a unique experience waiting for all ages during this traditional German celebration. German Food, Music, Costumes and FUN! A bit of Bavaria in your backyard!
Friday’s festivities will kick off with the traveling of the keg from Millstream Brewery to the Festhalle Grounds for the official keg tapping ceremony. On Saturday at 10:00 a.m. the Oktoberfest Parade begins its trek down the main street of Amana. This year’s theme, Magic of Autumn, will reflect the beauty of fall in the Amana Colonies. Test your skill with traditional Oktoberfest challenges and games at the Market Barn; Eisenmann Competition, Log Sawing, Keg Toss, Hammerschlagen, and the Brat Eating Contest. Of course, Kinderplaz, an area for kids’ activities, is back with pony & carriage rides and other hands-on activities. All this set in the beauty of the Amana Colonies!

Featured bands this year are Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchman, The Bavarian Musikmeisters, Johnny Wagner Band and our local German Amana group Die Tiefen Keller Kinder.

NEW THIS YEAR! A safer way to travel and a comfy place to stay, the Oktoberfest Hotel and Park & Ride Packages have been created with travelers in mind. The Clarion Hotel in Cedar Rapids, IA has packaged a one night hotel stay, 2-Okotberfest tickets, and a FREE Shuttle Ride to the event for one great price. If you are just looking for a safe ride down to the Amana Colonies for the event there is pricing available for that as well. See for details. Let’s not forget the Scare Crow Trail that will take you through the Villages in Amana. A Bike Decorating Contest for children is a great addition to the parade this year as well!
Pre-sale tickets go on sale at the August 1st. Call the Amana Colonies Visitors Center today to reserve your tickets 800-579-2294. Pre-sale prices are $7.00 ($10 after presale) for a 1-day pass or $10.00 ($15 after presale) for a 2-day pass, with FREE admission on Sunday. Kids 16 and under are FREE if accompanied by an adult.

For more information and details to all the new events during Oktoberfest visit

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