IDOT launches construction website with project updates
AMES — The Iowa Department of Transportation is launching a new website to keep motorists better informed on the location of major IDOT construction projects that may impact travel.
The site, www.iowadot.gov/travel.html#/highwayconstruction, lists interstate and state highway construction projects’ details.
For calendar year 2014, IDOT is anticipating approximately $700 million in repairs to Iowa’s state highway system. Cities and counties across the state will have numerous projects underway as well.
Basic travel information also can be found at www.511ia.org or call 511 in Iowa, or 800-288-1047 nationwide. Follow IDOT on Twitter @iowadot or @statewideia511.
Following a few simple guidelines can greatly improve safety in a work zone for both drivers and workers:
• Expect the unexpected in any work zone along any road. Speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people and equipment may be at work on or near the road.
• Slow down. Be alert. Observe posted signs. • Watch out for flaggers. Stay alert and be prepared to obey the flagger’s directions. In a work zone, a flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign, so drivers can be cited for disobeying flagger directions.
• Merge as soon as possible. Do not zoom right up to the lane closure, then try to barge in – if everyone cooperates, traffic moves more efficiently.
• Don’t tailgate. Leave at least two seconds of braking distance between vehicles.
• Keep a safe distance from traffic barriers, trucks, construction equipment and workers.
• Work zones may be mobile. Just because workers aren’t seen immediately after the warning sign does not mean they are not present in the area.
• Expect delays. Plan ahead and leave early to reach a destination on time.