Infrastructure Impacts of Iowa's Changing Economy

There are 5 major objectives proposed for this research effort: Objective 1: Develop a reliable set of traffic and fiscal assessment tools to understand the impact of the development of the biofuels and wind power industries on Iowa's highway transport infrastructure, particularly the secondary road system. Objective 2: Inventory the types of large and heavy vehicles likely to be used as the cellulosic biofuels and wind power industries develop in rural Iowa. Develop turning movement templates and typical axle loading characteristics/specifications for these vehicles. Objective 3: Document the current physical and fiscal impacts of Iowa's existing bio-fuels and wind power industries. Assess the likely physical and fiscal impacts (and infrastructure needs) of the further development of the biofuels and wind power industries in Iowa in the next 15 to 20 years using a multi-county, case study approach. Objective 4: Develop a brief set of public policy recommendations given the need to provide adequate roadway and bridge infrastructure to support the biofuels and wind power industries during the next 15 to 20 years in Iowa. Objective 5: Develop a "Road Map" for technology transfer for this issue, which could lead to additional outreach activities in the future by CTRE and other organizations should additional resources become available.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    TR-593

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Iowa Highway Research Board

    Iowa Department of Transportation
    800 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA  United States  50010

    Iowa Department of Transportation

    800 Lincoln Way
    Ames, IA  United States  50010
  • Performing Organizations:

    Iowa State University, Ames

    Institute for Transportation Studies
    2711 S. Loop Drive, Suite 4700
    Ames, IA  United States  50010-8864
  • Principal Investigators:

    Smith, Duane

    Nambisan, Shashi

    Gkritza, Konstantina

  • Start Date: 20080815
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20100115
  • Source Data: RiP Project 22970

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01462026
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: TR-593
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:56PM