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Iowa DOT says it will close facilities due to reduced budget

Some Iowa residents will see reduced snowplowing services because seven maintenance garages around the state are closing due to reduced funding in the state budget, the Iowa Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.

Two driver's license stations also will close under the plan, according to agency spokeswoman Andrea Henry. There will be no layoffs, but 67 open positions will be permanently removed by the budget year that begins next year. Twenty-eight current employees will be given the option to relocate to other DOT locations.

Fewer maintenance garages mean snowplows will clear Iowa roads less frequently, and fewer driver's license stations mean residents may need...

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