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D.O.T. schedules meeting on bridge replacement; more

Sep 05, 2012

D.O.T. schedules meeting on bridge replacement


DOUDS — The Iowa Department of Transportation will have a public information meeting 5-6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Van Buren elementary school in Douds to discuss a proposed bridge replacement on Iowa 98 over the Des Moines River.

The bridge is 1.5 miles south of the Iowa 16/Iowa 98 junction between Douds and Leando in Van Buren County.

All interested people are invited to the meeting to discuss the proposed bridge replacement. No formal presentation will be made, but Iowa D.O.T. staff will be available to individually discuss the proposed improvement.

Traffic on Iowa 98 will be maintained during the bridge construction.


Iowa State Fair sets another recycling record


DES MOINES — For the second straight year, Waste Management has set a new recycling record at the Iowa State Fair.

Waste Management recycled more than 29 tons at the 2012 State Fair, surpassing their 2011 record of 19 tons.

“Waste Management strives to give back to the communities we serve, particularly when it comes to the environment,” said Stephanie Regagnon, Waste Management spokeswoman. “By setting this record, we not only reduce the amount of waste in Iowa’s landfills, we are helping improve the environment for future generations.”

Waste Management partnered with Keep Iowa Beautiful to keep the fairgrounds clean and maintain 300 recycling containers throughout the fairgrounds. Waste Management also worked with vendors at the Fair to encourage recycling.

“The Iowa State Fair recycling program is a great example of organizations working together with the community to improve the environment,” said Iowa State Fair CEO and Manager Gary Slater. “We are excited to set this new record, and we hope attendees were inspired to take home the eco-friendly practices they saw at the Fair. It is also important for Iowans to realize how important it is to make sure that events like the Iowa State Fair present a clean and attractive image to the public”

The Iowa State Fair is an 11-day event that hosts more than 1 million attendees. The 2013 Iowa State Fair is Aug. 8-18.


Harvest season brings increased farm equipment movement on roadways


AMES – The challenging 2012 growing season is coming to an end in Iowa, meaning motorists will soon be sharing the road with farm vehicles engaged in the harvest.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is urging motorists and farm vehicle operators to exercise caution during the movement of slow-moving equipment on Iowa’s roadways.

Data for 2011 shows a total of 198 crashes involved farm equipment. Those crashes resulted in seven fatalities, 15 major injuries, 46 minor injuries and 55 other possible injuries. Of the 198 crashes, 119 resulted in property damage only.

The D.O.T.’s tips for motorists include:

• Give full attention to the driving task and watch for slow-moving vehicles. Do not text and drive.

• Put additional space between your vehicle and those ahead. At this time of the year, the sun can be blinding to drivers during sunrise and sunset. The added space helps you safely maneuver if there is a sudden stop, turn or a slow-moving vehicle ahead.

• Be patient and do not assume the equipment operator can move aside to let you pass. The shoulder may not be able to support a heavy farm vehicle.

• Slow down as soon as you see the triangular-shaped, red and fluorescent orange slow-moving vehicle emblem.

The D.O.T.’s tips for farm vehicle operators include:

• Make your intentions known when you are turning by using signal lights or the appropriate hand signal in advance of the turn.

• Drive slow-moving vehicles in the right-hand lane as close to the edge of the roadway as safely possible. Traveling partially on the shoulder may cause motorists to risk passing in a dangerous situation.

• Avoid encouraging or signaling motorists to pass. Pull over where it is safe, and let the traffic go by.

• Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train extends 3 feet beyond the tracks on both sides.


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