Iowa DOT News Release

Traffic pattern change on U.S. 34 by Ottumwa scheduled for tomorrow #iatraffic

Posted on: October 26, 2016

CHARITON, Iowa – Oct. 26, 2016 – On Thursday, Oct. 27, traffic on U.S. 34 between Wapello County Road T-61 and North Quincy Avenue near Ottumwa will be moved from the onsite detour pavement onto the new bridge by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Chariton construction office.

Flaggers will be placed at each end of the project to direct motorists onto the new pavement and bridge. During this time, there is an 8-foot-6-inch width lane restriction in effect, and no vehicles over 80,000 pounds will be allowed. Once U.S. 34 is opened to traffic, lane and weight restrictions will be lifted.

The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the 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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