AMES, Iowa – March, 25, 2013 – Due to continued winter weather, the Iowa Department of Transportation is extending the timeframe for aerial seeding along Iowa’s highways into April. The work was previously scheduled to be completed by the end of March.
Aviation contractors hired by the Iowa DOT will be performing aerial seeding and fertilizing along the state's highways as soon as weather permits.
This method of roadside erosion control has been used by the Iowa DOT for many years because of its cost-saving benefits, ability to cover vast areas and success rate. Seed is best applied in the late winter months so that it will germinate in the spring.
The following aerial seeding projects are presently scheduled to be completed this spring.
Persons in the vicinity of these projects can expect to see the following.
Aircraft will make several passes over the same area during the application process. The planes will take off and land periodically to load materials. Their landing sites may include local airports, area landing strips, and county roads and state highways with low traffic volumes. Ground crews, including flaggers, will provide traffic control during the landings and takeoffs. The planes will be on the ground for only brief periods.
For more information on the Iowa DOT's statewide aerial erosion control projects, contact Mike Heller at 515-239-1425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.