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April 5, 2004

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Mark Bortle
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Jerry Dickinson
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Work Zone Awareness Week emphasizes need for safety

AMES, Iowa – National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 4-10. The special observance is held each year in early April to remind motorists of the need for extra caution as road work swings into full gear across the nation.

Iowa is no exception, as the warmer weather makes it possible to continue updating and maintaining the state’s streets and roadways. Major work is scheduled throughout the state, including:

  • I-235 in Des Moines;
  • Iowa 60 in northwest Iowa;
  • U.S. 34 and U.S. 218 in southeast Iowa;
  • U.S. 18 and U.S. 218 in northeast Iowa;
  • Iowa 2 in southwest Iowa; and
  • U.S. 20 in east central Iowa.

Some of the detail on major work throughout the state is shown below, and shows that work zone signs will be popping up on many state highways, and well as county roads and city streets.

To negotiate these work zones, Iowa DOT officials offer these tips.

10 Tips for Driving Safely in Work Zones
  1. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!  (Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people may be working on or near the road.)
  2. SLOW DOWN!  (Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.)
  3. DON'T TAILGATE!  KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND THE CAR AHEAD OF YOU.  (The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear end collision, so leave two car lengths between you and the car in front of you.)
  4. KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE BETWEEN YOUR VEHICLE AND THE ROAD WORKERS AND THEIR EQUIPMENT.
  5. PAY ATTENTION TO THE SIGNS! (The 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 says you've left the work zone.)
  6. OBEY ROAD CREW 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.)
  7. STAY ALERT AND MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS! (Dedicate your full attention to the roadway and avoid changing radio stations or using cell phones while driving in a work zone.)
  8. KEEP UP WITH THE TRAFFIC FLOW.  (Motorists can help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by merging as soon as possible.  Don't drive right up to the lane closure and then try to barge in.)
  9. SCHEDULE ENOUGH TIME TO DRIVE SAFELY AND CHECK RADIO, TV AND WEB SITES FOR TRAFFIC INFORMATION. (Expect delays and leave early so you can reach your destination on time.  Check www.511ia.org or dial 511 for Iowa road construction information, and visit the Federal Highway Administration’s National Traffic and Road Closure Information Web site - http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/index.htm - for information on work zone delays throughout the country.)
  10. BE PATIENT AND STAY CALM.  (Work zones aren't there to personally inconvenience you.  Remember, the work zone crew members are working to improve the road and make your future drive better.)
Major Construction Projects
County Route # Type of Work Description Resident Construction Office
Boone U.S. 30 Asphalt resurfacing U.S. 30 From 0.06 mile west Of Co. Rd. R-18 east to 2 miles east of Iowa 17 interchange Jefferson -
800-251-2705
Greene, Webster Iowa 144 Asphalt resurfacing/cold-in-place recycling From Co. Rd. E-26 in Dana north to Jct. Iowa 175 in Webster Co. Jefferson -
800-251-2705
Hamilton, Hardin Iowa 175 Asphalt resurfacing/cold-in-place recycling Iowa 175 from U.S. 69 in Jewell east to U.S. 65 In Hubbard Britt -
800-373-7344
Jasper I-80 (T38) Reconstruction - bridge deck replacement County Road T-38 over I-80 1.2 mi. west of Poweshiek County Line Cedar Rapids -
877-226-6110
Jasper, Poweshiek I-80 Asphalt resurfacing From 1 mile east of Iowa 224 east to 1 mile east of Iowa 146(eastbound and westbound lanes) Cedar Rapids - 877-226-6110
Marshall U.S. 30 PCC pavement - grade and new From 2.98 miles west of LeGrand east to Tama Co. line (eastbbound and westbound lanes) Marshalltown - 800-251-2706
Polk I-235 Bridges, reconstruction, grading and paving See www.I235.com for full details
Polk I-35/80 PCC pavement widening Northbound and southbound I-35/80 exit ramps To U.S. 6 (Hickman Rd.) In Clive/Urbandale Des Moines - 800-251-2707
Polk, Story, Hamilton I-35 PCC Patching From First St. In Ankeny north to Wright Co. line(Polk, Story & Hamilton Co.) Britt -
800-373-7344
Tama U.S. 30 PCC pavement - grade and new Marshall Co. line east to Mesquakie Casino entrance Marshalltown - 800-251-2706
Bremer U.S. 63 Bridge rehabilitation 0.5 mile south of FayetteSt. (Denver Interchange) New Hampton - 800-373-7343
Butler Iowa 3 Asphalt pavement widening/asphalt resurfacing Franklin Co. line east to west Jct. Iowa 14 west of Allison New Hampton - 800-373-7343
Butler Iowa 57 Bridge and approaches-PPCB South Beaver Creek just west of Parkersburg New Hampton - 800-373-7343
Chickasaw U.S. 18 Asphalt pavement widening/asphalt resurfacing Floyd Co. line east to U.S. 63 interchange New Hampton - 800-373-7343
Clayton Iowa 56 Asphalt resurfacing In Elkader on Iowa 56 from near west city limits east to near Iowa 13 New Hampton - 800-373-7343
Mitchell U.S. 218 Asphalt pavement widening/asphalt resurfacing From Osage north & west to St. Ansgar New Hampton - 800-373-7343
Worth Iowa 9 Bridge and approaches-PPCB Iowa 9 over Willow Creek 0.4 miles west of I-35 Britt -
800-373-7344
Clay U.S. 18 Asphalt pavement widening/asphalt resurfacing In Spencer from north Jct. U.S. 71 south to 17th St. N. Cherokee -
800-579-2712
Lyon Iowa 75 Asphalt pavement widening/asphalt resurfacing From Buncombe Dr. in Rock Rapids north to Minnesota state line Sioux City -
800-579-2713
Lyon U.S. 18 Asphalt pavement widening/asphalt resurfacing South Dakota state line east & south to Sioux Co. line Sioux City -
800-579-2713
O'Brien Iowa 60 Grading Sheldon bypass from east of McKinley Ave. north to east of Nest Ave. Cherokee -
800-579-2712
O'Brien, Osceola Iowa 60 Grading Sheldon bypass from Floyd River north to north of Ritter Cherokee - 800-579-2712
O'Brien, Sioux Iowa 60 Grading Sheldon bypass from IM Railroad north to U.S. 18 Cherokee -
800-579-2712
O'Brien, Sioux Iowa 60 Grading Sheldon bypass from U.S. 18 north to Floyd River Cherokee -
800-579-2712
O'Brien, Sioux Iowa 60 Grading Sheldon bypass from east of Nest Ave. north to IM Railroad Cherokee -
800-579-2712
O'Brien, Sioux Iowa 60 Grading Sheldon bypass from south of Sheldon north to east of Mckinley Ave. Cherokee -
800-579-2712
O'Brien, Sioux Iowa 60 Bridge new-PPCB Nest Ave. over Relocated U.S. 60 on Sheldon bypass Cherokee -
800-579-2712
Osceola Iowa 60 Grading Ashton bypass from 0.9 mile north of O'Brien Co. line to Sibley Airport south of 190th Cherokee -
800-579-2712
Osceola Iowa 60 Bridge new-PPCB Ashton bypass Otter Creek one-half mile north of 230th St. (A-46) Cherokee -
800-579-2712
Plymouth Iowa 3 Asphalt pavement widening/asphalt resurfacing South city limits of Westfield north To north Jct. With Iowa 3 in Akron Sioux City -
800-579-2713
Plymouth Iowa 3 Bridge and approaches-PPCB West fork of Floyd River 1.6 miles west of LeMars Sioux City -
800-579-2713
Plymouth, Sioux Iowa 60 Grading From 0.31 mile north of 150th St. north to 0.56 mile north of Co. Rd C-16 Sioux City -
800-579-2713
Plymouth, Sioux Iowa 60 Grading Le Mars bypass From Lake Ave. north To 150th St. & U.S. 75 (Stage 2) Sioux City -
800-579-2713
Plymouth, Sioux Iowa 60 Grading LeMars bypass from Co. Rd. C-38 north to Lake Ave. (Stage 2) Sioux City -
800-579-2713
Plymouth, Sioux Iowa 60 Grading Le Mars bypass at Iowa 3 interchange (Stage 1) Sioux City -
800-579-2713
Plymouth, Sioux Iowa 60 Grading From 0.56 mile north of Co. Rd. C-16 north to 510th St. Sioux City -
800-579-2713
Sac U.S. 20 Bridge replacement-PPCB Raccoon River in Sac City Cherokee -
800-579-2712
Sioux Iowa 60 Grading From 0.19 mile south Kingbird Ave ( L-14) north to one-eighth mile south 400th St. (Hospers Bypass) Sioux City -
800-579-2713
Sioux Iowa 60 Grading From 510th St. north to 0.19 mile north of 480th St. Sioux City -
800-579-2713
Sioux Iowa 60 Grading From N. of 400th St., N. to south of City of Sheldon Sioux City -
800-579-2713
Webster, Calhoun U.S. 20 Grading Co. Rd. D-20 east to Co. Rd. P-59 Britt -
800-373-7344
Woodbury U.S. 20 Bridge and approaches-steel girder Westbound U.S. 20 over west fork of Little Sioux River 0.1 mile west of jct. Iowa 140 Sioux City -
800-579-2713
Woodbury, Plymouth Iowa 12 Asphalt pavement widening/asphalt resurfacing From Military Rd. north to south city limits of Westfield Sioux City -
800-579-2713
Woodbury, Plymouth Iowa 140 Asphalt pavement widening/asphalt resurfacing U.S. 20 north to 1st & Main in Kingsley Cherokee -
800-579-2712
Fremont Iowa 2 Grading Sidney bypass from 290th Ave. north to existing Iowa 2 Council Bluffs - 800-579-2719
Fremont Iowa 2 Grading Sidney bypass from existing Iowa 2 northwest to U.S. 275 Council Bluffs - 800-579-2719
Fremont Iowa 2 Grading Sidney bypass from U.S. 275 northeast to just north of 290th Ave. Council Bluffs - 800-579-2719
Harrison U.S. 30 Asphalt resurfacing From west of Allen Creek bridge east to end of 4-Lane east of I-29 Council Bluffs - 800-579-2719
Montgomery, Cass Iowa 48 Asphalt resurfacing/cold-in-place recycling From U.S. 34 north to 0.2 mile south of Iowa 92 Council Bluffs - 800-579-2719
Pottawattamie I-29 Bridge and approaches-PPCB Pigeon Creek 1.8 miles south of south jct.with I-680(northbound lane) Council Bluffs - 800-579-2719
Pottawattamie I-29 Bridge and approaches-PPCB Co. Rd. L-19, Pigeon Creek & UP Railroad 2.1 miles east of I-29 Council Bluffs - 800-579-2719
Union Iowa 25 PCC pavement - grade and replace Iowa 25 in Creston from the east Iowa 25/U.S. 34 intersection to just north of B&N Railroad Creston -
800-579-2720
Des Moines U.S. 34 Grading From Co. Rd. X-31 (Danville Rd.) to existing U.S. 34 & BNSF Railroad (Sec. 1B) Mt. Pleasant - 800-224-6021
Des Moines U.S. 34 Grading From 135th St. northwest of Danville south and east to Danville Rd. (Co. Rd. X-31) Sec. 1A Mt. Pleasant - 800-224-6021
Des Moines U.S. 34 Grading Existing US 34 & BNSFRailroad to Boundary Ave Mt. Pleasant - 800-224-6021
Henry Iowa 78 Bridge and Approaches Iowa 78 over east fork of Crooked Creek Mt. Pleasant - 800-224-6021
Henry U.S. 218 PCC pavement - new Lee Co. line north to 2.92 miles south of U.S. 34 Mt. Pleasant - 800-224-6021
Henry U.S. 34 PCC pavement - new Mt. Pleasant bypass from 2.49 miles west of Co. Rd. W-55 east To Iowa Ave. Mt. Pleasant - 800-224-6021
Jefferson, Wapello U.S. 34 PCC pavement - new Wapello Co. line to Fairfield bypass Ottumwa -
800-325-3713
Lee Iowa 394 Pavement - grade and new From 0.62 mile north of the Des Moines River Bridge north to Co. Rd. W-62 Mt. Pleasant - 800-224-6021
Lee U.S. 218 Pavement - grade and new From one-quarter mile south of 190th St. north to one-eighth mile north of Co. Rd. J-38 Mt. Pleasant - 800-224-6021
Lee U.S. 218 PCC pavement - grade and new From one-quarter mile south of 190th St. north to Henry Co. line Mt. Pleasant - 800-224-6021
Lee U.S. 61 Asphalt resurfacing with milling On U.S. 61 from just south of the jct. with Iowa 2 to 41st St. in Ft. Madison Mt. Pleasant - 800-224-6021
Lucas U.S. 34 Asphalt resurfacing West city limits of Chariton east To 2.5 Miles east of Iowa 97 Chariton -
800-881-5778
Mahaska Iowa 62 Asphalt resurfacing with milling In Oskaloosa from west of Old Iowa 163 east to 0.4 mile east of Iowa 23 Ottumwa -
800-325-3713
Mahaska, Wapello Iowa 137 PCC pavement - new Eddyville bypass from 1.25 miles south of Iowa 137 north to 0.25 mile north of Merino Ave. Chariton -
800-881-5778
Muscatine Iowa 22 Asphalt resurfacing/cold-in-place recycling From Broadway St. in Nichols east to east jct. of Iowa 22 & Iowa 70 Davenport -
800-262-5145
Wapello U.S. 63 Asphalt resurfacing In Ottumwa from 4th St. north to Iowa 149 Ottumwa -
800-325-3713
Wapello U.S. 63/34 Grading - miscellaneous US 63/34 from Iowa 149 south & east To Old Agency Rd. Ottumwa -
800-325-3713
Wapello, Jefferson U.S. 34 PCC pavement - grade and new 0.99 mile east of Iowa 16 to Jefferson/Wapello County line Ottumwa -
800-325-3713
Wapello, Monroe Iowa 137 Bridge and approaches-PPCB Co. Rd. T-61 east to Eddyville (Des Moines River Bridge) Chariton -
800-881-5778
Washington, Louisa Iowa 92 Asphalt pavement widening/asphalt resurfacing On Iowa 92 from just east of the jct. of U.S. 218 to the jct. Of Iowa 92 and Iowa 70 Davenport -
800-262-5145
Delaware Iowa 3 Asphalt resurfacing with milling From just west of Co. Rd. X-47 E. to Dubuque Co. line Manchester -
800-262-5146
Dubuque U.S. 20 PCC pavement - grade and replace From Century Dr. east to Devon Dr. in Dubuque Manchester -
800-262-5146
Dubuque U.S. 20 Asphalt pavement widening Sandstone Dr. 0.5 mile east of Dyersville & former Iowa 967 intersections Manchester -
800-262-5146
Johnson I-80 PCC patching From east of I-380 east to east of Iowa 1 Cedar Rapids - 877-226-6110
Johnson Iowa 1 Bridge and approaches Ralston Creek in Iowa City west of Van Buren St. (Burlington St. Bridge) Davenport - 800-262-5145
Johnson, Linn, Benton, Black Hawk I-380 PCC patching I-80 N. To U.S. 218 In Waterloo Cedar Rapids - 877-226-6110
Jones Iowa 64 Asphalt resurfacing U.S. 151 east to east jct. of Iowa 38 Davenport -
800-262-5145

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