Public invited to complete survey for 5-County Long Range Transportation Plan through Upper Explorerland

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) is conducting an update to the Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the five-county region consisting of Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties in northeast Iowa. The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that the region’s LRTP be updated every five years. The current plan was adopted by the Upper Explorerland Transportation Policy Board in September of 2019.

The LRTP has a 20-year planning horizon and is intended to guide transportation investments in the five-county region in support of a transportation system that is safe for all transportation system users, and that facilitates the efficient movement of people and goods. The plan includes a description of the region’s existing conditions; identifies current transportation challenges; anticipates potential future needs; and explores various strategies for addressing those challenges and needs.

To ensure that the LRTP reflects the priorities and goals of the people who live and travel in the northeast Iowa region, all residents and visitors of the five counties are invited and encouraged to complete an online survey about transportation in the region. Survey responses are anonymous and the more people that complete the survey, the stronger and more representative of the region the final plan will be.

The survey can be accessed at or by using a smart phone to scan the QR code accompanying this article. Additional information on transportation planning in the five-county region is available on UERPC’s website at

This planning effort is anticipated to be completed by Fall 2024. Anyone wishing to request a paper copy of the survey may contact UERPC Senior Transportation Planner Aaron Detter at or at 563-419-6126.