Iowa DOT News Release



Iowa DOT cautions travelers about work zones over Labor Day holiday

Posted on: August 30, 2010

 

AMES, Iowa – Aug. 30, 2010 – Travel during the upcoming Labor Day holiday may be slowed by road construction, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT). Several projects on Iowa’s interstate and state roadways may warrant advance planning on the part of drivers.

 

Central Iowa

· Due to pavement reconstruction of northbound Interstate 35 between Iowa 175 and U.S. 20, traffic is being routed in a head-to-head pattern in the southbound lanes.

 

· The U.S. 30 Des Moines River bridge west of Boone is being repaired. Traffic is reduced to a single lane in each direction.

 

· The U.S. 30 Raccoon River bridge west of Jefferson is being reconstructed. Traffic over the bridge is reduced to a single lane, controlled by temporary traffic signals.

 

· Due to roadway and bridge reconstruction, traffic on southbound U.S. 169 in Webster County on the west side of Fort Dodge is in a head-to-head pattern from Iowa 926 to north of Iowa 7.

 

North central/Northeast Iowa

· Reconstruction of the westbound lanes of Iowa 122 in Mason City has caused traffic to be shifted in a head-to-head pattern in the eastbound lanes from Winnebago Way east 0.4 mile to Pierce Avenue. Left turns are not allowed between Winnebago Way and Pierce Avenue.

 

· Traffic has been shifted in a head-to-head pattern on U.S. 63 near its intersection with Iowa 3 due to intersection reconstruction.

 

Northwest Iowa

· U.S. 18 is closed southeast of Spencer for bridge replacement. Traffic is detoured.

· Iowa 3 near Buena Vista County Road M-31 (approximately 13 miles east of Cherokee) is closed for bridge replacement. Traffic is detoured.

· Bridge reconstruction on eastbound U.S. 20 has created a head-to-head traffic pattern approximately four miles west of Lawton.

 

· Pavement reconstruction of I-29 near the Little Sioux interchange (exit 95) has created a head-to-head traffic pattern in the northbound lanes between mileposts 94.5 and 107.1.
 

· Pavement reconstruction of southbound I-29 from Onawa to Whiting has created a head-to-head traffic pattern in the northbound lanes between mileposts 113 and 119.

 

· Pavement reconstruction of I-29 in Sioux City near the Iowa 12 (Riverside Boulevard) interchange has restricted traffic to two lanes in each direction for the two miles adjacent to the South Dakota border.

· Bridge reconstruction on Iowa 141 west of Hornick in Woodbury County will require traffic to use a detour. The detour begins at the intersection of Iowa 141 and Woodbury County Road K-45, then south on K-45 to Woodbury County Road K-64, then K-64 north to the intersection of K-64 and Iowa 141.

 

· Bridge rehabilitation on Iowa 141 just west of Mapleton will require traffic to alternate through the use of temporary traffic signals.

 

· Bridge rehabilitation on Iowa 183 just west of Moorhead will require traffic to alternate through the use of temporary traffic signals.

 

Southwest Iowa

· Widening of two bridges on I-29 over the Boyer River in Harrison County near the Loveland interchange (exit 72) has reduced traffic to a single, 11-foot-6-inch wide lane in both the north- and southbound lanes.

· The U.S. 6 Broadway viaduct bridge in Council Bluffs is being replaced in stages. Currently, westbound traffic is being detoured north on Eighth Street to Avenue G, west on Avenue G to 16th Street, and south on 16th Street to Broadway. Eastbound traffic will continue to use a portion of the existing bridge as half of the new bridge is built.

· Construction of four bridges in the southbound lanes of I-29 in Mills County near Glenwood, between mileposts 31 and 39, has traffic shifted in a head-to-head pattern in the northbound lanes.

· Bridge construction and asphalt resurfacing has closed southbound I-29 in Fremont County between mileposts 21 and 25. Traffic is shifted in a head-to-head pattern in the northbound lanes.

 

· Asphalt resurfacing in the southbound lanes of I-29 in Fremont County from milepost 10 to 17 has traffic shifted to a head-to-head pattern in the northbound lanes.

 

· A bridge deck overlay project in Pottawattamie County just south of Council Bluffs has restricted I-29 to one lane in each direction at milepost 47.

 

· A new bridge deck is being placed on the westbound I-680 bridge at milepost 17. One lane is closed at this location. The available lane is restricted to a width of 14-feet-7 inches.

 

· A new bridge deck is being placed on the Modale interchange bridge over I-29 at milepost 82 in Harrison County. The interchange is closed; motorists traveling to Modale should follow the marked detour.

 

· A new bridge deck is being placed on the Dexter/Redfield interchange bridge over I-80 at milepost 100 in Dallas County. The interchange is closed; motorists traveling to Dexter and Redfield should follow the marked detour.

· Iowa 92 between Massena and Bridgewater is closed to replace two bridges. Traffic should follow the marked detour.

 

South central Iowa

· Northbound I-35 from the Decatur County line to U.S. 34 is closed for reconstruction. Traffic is routed in a head-to-head pattern in the southbound lanes.

· Westbound U.S. 34 traffic in the city limits of Osceola will remain in a head-to-head pattern in the eastbound lanes as the bridge over I-35 is reconstructed.

· U.S. 34 in Chariton will remain closed for replacement of the bridge deck over the Cinder Path Trail. Traffic is being detoured.

 

Eastern Iowa

· Pavement reconstruction on I-80 at Iowa City between mileposts 244 and 248 involves temporary narrow shoulder widths and installation of concrete median barrier rails. Two lanes of travel remain available in each direction.

 

· The I-80 Cedar River bridge replacement has caused a traffic shift in the area, but two lanes of travel remain available in each direction.

· Due to the ongoing I-80 Mississippi River bridge repair project by the Illinois DOT, traffic is restricted to one lane in each direction on the south half of the bridge. The contractor is working on the north half of the structure performing repairs. During this stage of construction, the ramp from Illinois 84 to westbound I-80 at Rapids City, Ill., will be closed. Traffic from Illinois 84 going to Iowa will be detoured on eastbound I-80 to I-88, and then west to Iowa. All other ramps at the Illinois 84 interchange and U.S. 67 interchange at Le Claire will be open. Through traffic is advised to use I-280 as an alternate route.

 

· Iowa 136 is closed at the Maquoketa River, seven miles south of Cascade, for repair of the highway damaged by flood waters. Traffic is detoured via Iowa 64, Iowa 38 and U.S. 151.

 

· Iowa 136 (Main Avenue) just west of U.S. 67 in the city of Clinton is reduced to one lane of traffic for a culvert repair project. One lane of traffic remains open with the use of temporary traffic signals.

There are many other ongoing construction and maintenance projects affecting traffic on state, county and local road systems. Details of all current Iowa DOT construction projects can be found at http://www.511ia.org/.

 

Tips for driving safely in work zones

· Expect the unexpected. Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people may be working on or near the road.

 

· Slow down and do not tailgate. Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle ahead. The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear-end collision.

 

· Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and road workers and their equipment.

 

· Pay attention to the signs. Warning signs are there to help you and other drivers move safely through the work zone. Observe the posted signs until you see the one that reads "End Road Work."

 

· Obey flaggers. The flagger knows what is best for moving traffic safely in the work zone. A flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign, so you can be cited for disobeying his or her directions.

 

· Stay alert and minimize distractions. Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and avoid changing radio stations, using cell phones, texting or other distractions while driving in a work zone. Texting while driving is illegal in Iowa.

 

· Keep up with the traffic flow. Motorists can help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by merging as soon as possible. Do not drive right up to the lane closure and then try to merge.

 

· Be patient and stay calm. Work zones are not there to inconvenience travelers. Remember, road workers are improving the road for your use.

 

· Watch for persons wearing high visibility (HiViz) apparel. All persons are required by federal law to wear HiViz apparel when in highway work zones.

 

· Prepare for your trip to take a little more time. Check radio, TV or Web sites (http://www.511ia.org/) or call 511 for traffic information. Expect delays and leave early so you can reach your destination on time. 

 

· Be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones.

 

· Buckle up. Iowa law requires all persons to be buckled up in the front seat and all persons under age 18 to be buckled up, regardless of vehicle seating position.

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Contact for general work zone issues: Mark Bortle at 515-239-1587 or mark.bortle@dot.iowa.gov

 

Contacts for project-specific information:

 

Central Iowa

Wes Musgrove at 515-239-1542 or wes.musgrove@dot.iowa.glov

 

North central/Northeast Iowa

Dave Roeber at 641-422-9448 or david.roeber@dot.iowa.gov

 

Northwest Iowa

Darwin Bishop at 712-274-5826 or darwin.bishop@dot.iowa.gov

 

Southwest Iowa

George Feazell at 712-243-7628 or george.feazell@dot.iowa.gov

 

South central Iowa

Brian Morrissey at 641-469-4018 or brian.morrissey@dot.iowa.gov

 

East central Iowa

Bruce Kuehl at 319-364-0235 or bruce.kuehl@dot.iowa.gov

 


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