Iowa DOT News Release

Replacement of U.S. 34 Bridge in Ottumwa Begins March 20 #iatraffic

Posted on: March 15, 2013

CHARITON, Iowa – March 15, 2013 – Replacement of a bridge on U.S. 34 over the
Des Moines River in Ottumwa will be done in stages and requires shifting westbound traffic to the eastbound portion of the bridge, reducing traffic to one lane in each direction, starting Wednesday, March 20, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Chariton construction office.

The westbound portion of the bridge is expected to be completed by mid-summer. Traffic will be shifted at that time to the westbound lanes while the eastbound portion of the bridge is replaced. There will be a 12-foot width lane restriction in the construction zone. This project is expected to be completed in November 2013.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limits and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles and wear seat belts. 

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