Putting our plan into action

The goal of Dubuque’s STREETS project is to develop an automatic system that will use traffic-control strategies to maximize existing roadway capacities in the metro area.


"This technology gives you the ability to track routes and traffic patterns throughout the city during the day. That will make the system more efficient.”

- Chandra Ravada | Director of Transportation for East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) on the work done by the artificial-intelligence researchers at Carnegie Mellon

Plan Connection

One of the key principals of the Imagine Dubuque Comprehensive Plan is creating a more connected community through equitable transportation, technology, infrastructure, and mobility.


The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration awarded a $1 milion dollar grant for Dubuque to develop an innovative, next-generation, traffic management and control system.


This system, the first of its kind in the nation, will help reduce commuting time and identify future projects to improve safety and reduce congestion in the Dubuque metro area.

- Dubuque Press Release

The STREETS (Smart Traffic Routing with Efficient and Effective Traffic Signals) project is expected to reduce equipment costs at individual intersections by providing signal timings through a centralized Adaptive (Dynamic) Traffic Control System. It is a pilot project in the state of Iowa and a collaboration between the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA), City of Dubuque, and Iowa DOT.

The combination of all of these pieces will make driving faster and safer.

- Dubuque Police Chief Mark Dalsing

Project Metrics

Traffic + Surveillance Cameras Installed To Date
Million Spent To Date
Million To Be Spent Over Next 3-4 Years
Project Completion


Year Started

Project Status

Plan Category
Transportation + Mobility

Auto Travel

Continue leverage technology and other Intelligent Transportation System solutions to improve vehicular mobility and safety on the Dubuque street network.


City of Dubuque

East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA)

Iowa Department of Transportation


City of Dubuque
David Ness, Civil Engineer II




Infographic from Imagine Dubuque | Chapter 8 Transportation + Mobility


"When you're stuck in traffic and you have long idle times, that's when a lot of gas and air particles come out. So when you're trying to move traffic in an efficient way, that mean's you're also trying to lower the amount of tailpipe emissions and improve air quality." - Chandra Ravada, Director of Transportation for ECIA

"Dave Ness, a Dubuque traffic engineer, said such technology has been used in larger cities, but it is specific to a major corridor rather than interconnected to other traffic lights throughout the city. Dubuque would be able to pilot it citywide because of its smaller size and the fiber infrastructure already in place."

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