Umm... citation needed? I live in Iowa.
The infrastructure there is great.
Tell that to people from Wisconsin, it is recognized by both sides that theirs is better. We are better than we were thanks to a tax hike in 2015. I would not be one to call what we have bad, but it is not "great."
Tons and tons of barely used roads (and bridges, obviously).
Barely used? I suppose you could find ways to measure it to make that case, but no one here is thinking that way. If you look at the number of cars per unit time compared to some congested California corridor sure it would seem barely used but that is not really a fair comparison if you consider, say, population density.
It might be worth mentioning that a lot of the lesser roads are limestone / gravel.
People in the least dense parts of the state even get fiber to their doors
I am reading this over an expensive (>$90/mo for 50 GB of daytime usage) satellite Internet connection because that is the only access available. It is so slow at the moment, that I cannot even load my account information to see what the exact cost it.
The most surprising thing about this story for me is that Iowa needs 5,000 bridges
In the 5 miles to get from my home to the post office, I cross 5 bridges. Really not sure how else to deal with all the running water that needs to be crossed.