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Gov. Branstad names Mark Lowe interim DOT Director

Mark Lowe Transportation Division director of the Iowa Department of Transportation
Mark Lowe Transportation Division director of the Iowa Department of Transportation

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad has named Mark Lowe as the interim director of Iowa Department of Transportation.

Lowe, who has been Director of the DOT’s Motor Vehicle Division since 2009, will take the seat left vacant by former director Paul Trombino III. Lowe begins Tuesday as interim director, according to a Monday news release.

Lowe, 50, was an associate and later shareholder with Hopkins & Huebner, PC., in Des Moines before entering state government.

Branstad has not set a timeline for naming a new director and the position has been posted.

Trombino, 50, announced his resignation earlier this month after spending about six years as the DOT director. He made about $147,000 annually as DOT director.

The department, which employs more than 2,600 people, is in the midst of growth in statewide freight traffic — the number of large trucks on Iowa’s primary roads has grown by 123 percent over the past three decades — and infrastructure updates, including the overhaul of the Interstate 80 and Interstate 380 interchange, among other major projects.

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