NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – June 11, 2013 – Beginning late in the afternoon Tuesday, June 11, the detour on U.S. 63 between U.S. 218 and West Airline Highway will be removed. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction between Newell and Donald streets, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s New Hampton construction office.
At 12 a.m. Friday, June 14, reconstruction work between Newell and Donald streets will result in opposing traffic in a two-lane, two-way traffic pattern on one-half of the roadway while utility work, grading and paving is done on the other half. During this phase of the project, U.S. 63 traffic will not be allowed to make left turns between Newell and Donald streets with the exception that northbound traffic will be allowed to turn left into the George Washington Carver Academy entrance.
This phase of the project is expected to be completed in mid-November. At that time, traffic will be restored to four-lanes over the winter. Construction is scheduled to resume in spring 2014.
With only one lane of traffic in each direction, traffic delays are anticipated. To avoid traffic congestion, motorists are advised to find alternate routes.
The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limit 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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