Iowa DOT News

April 2012

Motorcycle Safety Forum tomorrow

April 26, 2012

AMES, Iowa – April 26, 2012 – The Iowa Traffic Safety Alliance, a diverse partnership of highway safety practitioners in engineering, enforcement, education and emergency services, is facilitating Iowa’s ninth Motorcycle Safety Forum. When: April 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Scheman Building, Iowa State Center, Ames (directions available at www.center.iastate.edu, select "Guest Information") The forum brings together interested stakeholders, including the Iowa Motorcycle Rider Education Program, Iowa departments of Transportation and Public Safety, motorcycle enthusiasts, riders, dealers...

Lane restrictions to extend farther west on I-380 near Waterloo

April 25, 2012

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – April 25, 2012 – As work continues on the Interstate 380 construction project, the road lane closure for westbound traffic has been extended farther west through the I-380/U.S. 218/U.S. 20 interchange, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation's New Hampton construction office. As a result, it was necessary to close the ramp at exit 71A that takes westbound I-380/U.S. 20 traffic to southbound U.S. 218. For westbound I-380 traffic wishing to travel southbound on U.S. 218,...

UPDATE - Lane restrictions on eastbound U.S. 20 and southbound I-380 near Waterloo begin Wednesday

April 25, 2012

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – April 25, 2012 – Construction of a median crossover will require lane closures for eastbound U.S. 20 and southbound Interstate 380 from the Iowa 21/Hawkeye Road interchange to Evansdale Drive beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation's New Hampton construction office. Traffic delays are possible due to the lane closures. Because of the reduced number of road lanes, travelers in the area are strongly encouraged to find...

CarFit event for senior drivers set for May 16

April 25, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa – April 25, 2012 – To promote safe senior driving, the Iowa Department of Transportation will host a CarFit event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds' Varied Industries Building in Des Moines from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. Senior drivers are encouraged to set up an appointment for the event by calling Dawn Hackleman at 515-237-3007 or emailing dawn.hackleman@dot.iowa.gov. CarFit is a national educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed in...

Northbound I-35 rest area at Ankeny to close April 30

April 25, 2012

AMES, Iowa – April 25, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is announcing the permanent closure of the northbound Interstate 35 rest area near Ankeny. The facility will close at 7 p.m. Monday, April 30. Electronic message boards will be activated to alert travelers of the closure. The southbound I-35 rest area near this location will remain open until August 2012, when it too will be permanently closed. The closures are required as part of the new interchange being...

Iowa 92 closed west of Sigourney

April 24, 2012

AMES, Iowa – April 24, 2012 – Iowa 92 is closed just west of Sigourney in Keokuk County to traffic in both directions due to bridge deck damage, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 5 Office in Fairfield. Traffic will follow a signed detour using Iowa 149, Iowa 78 and Iowa 21. (See map on www.511ia.org for detour.) The road is closed as a precautionary measure pending bridge deck inspection and repair. The duration of the closure is...

Lane restrictions on westbound U.S. 20 and southbound I-380 near Waterloo begin Wednesday

April 24, 2012

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – April 24, 2012 – Construction of a median crossover will require lane closures for westbound U.S. 20 and southbound Interstate 380 from the Iowa 21/Hawkeye Road interchange to Evansdale Drive beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation's New Hampton construction office. Traffic delays are possible due to the lane closures. Because of the reduced number of road lanes, travelers in the area are strongly encouraged to find...

Railroad repairs to close lanes on U.S. 75 north of U.S. 18 beginning April 30

April 24, 2012

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – April 24, 2012 – Track repairs to the BNSF Railroad Co.’s crossing on U.S. 75 near the north junction with U.S. 18 will require an emergency road closure beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, April 30, until 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 3 Office. While the crossing is closed, traffic will be detoured on U.S. 18, Sioux County Road K-52 and Lyon County Road A-52. The Iowa...

Travelers recycle 38,000 pounds of cans and bottles at eight Iowa rest areas

April 23, 2012

AMES, Iowa – April 23, 2012 – Travelers stopping at eight central Iowa interstate rest areas have been stepping up and recycling aluminum cans, and plastic and glass bottles in new recycling containers conveniently located at these locations. The Iowa Department of Transportation kicked-off the Iowa Recycles on the Road pilot project nine months ago at rest areas located near Ankeny, Mitchellville, Story City and Waukee. "More than 2.8 million people stop at these eight rest areas annually and many...

Iowa DOT promotes National Work Zone Awareness Week – April 23-26

April 20, 2012

AMES, Iowa – April 20, 2012 – “Don’t Barrel Through Work Zones!” That is the message being sent around the country to make drivers aware of the thousands of construction work zones that will be in place on state, county and local roads this construction season. The Iowa Department of Transportation has major construction projects in many areas of the state. Multi-year projects are underway on the interstate system in Council Bluffs and on Interstate 29 in Sioux City. A...

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