Fall Harvest Season Brings Increased Farm Equipment Movement

Posted: Mon, September 23, 2013

Iowa's wet spring and very dry summer have made for an interesting growing season. With harvest around the corner, motorists will soon be sharing the road with farm vehicles. 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.
 
Already in 2013, there have been 79 crashes with farm equipment causing five deaths. Data for 2012 shows a total of 176 crashes involved farm equipment. Those crashes resulted in 12 fatalities, 11 major injuries, 37 minor injuries, and 36 other possible injuries.
 
"For too long we have all accepted that highway fatalities are inevitable," said Jeremey Vortherms, Iowa DOT state safety engineer. "But if you think about a realistic traffic fatality goal for your family, wouldn't that goal be zero? If we all work together to buckle up, eliminate distractions and drive alert, we can drastically reduce the number of fatalities on the road and work to achieve a goal of zero fatalities."
 
Tips for motorists
•    Give your 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.

Tips for farm vehicle operators
•    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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March 24th Housing Summit Now Online!

Posted: Mon, March 29, 2021

The Northeast Iowa Housing Summit that was put on by UERPC and the Northeast Iowa Business Network, on Wednesday, March 24th, can now be viewed online! Please click the tab below to view an overview of the summit as well as get the recordings from both sessions. 

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The UERPC March 2021 Newsletter is Here!

Posted: Mon, March 15, 2021

The UERPC March 2021 Newsletter is here! https://mailchi.mp/b570526e6727/uerpc-march-2021-newsletter-3777890

Highlights include:

  • IEDA COVID-19 Business Impact Survey Closes March 17th
  • Northeast Iowa Housing Summit Taking Place on March 24th
  • ICOG Legislative Update- March 5, 2021
  • UERPC is Open
  • NOTICE:  UERPC offices will be closed on Friday, April 2nd for Good Friday
  • Employee Spotlight:  Nathan Thompson
  • NICC Virtual Training Opportunities
  • Bike/Walk to School Day Planning Webinar on March 17th
  • March SRTS Monthly Motivators:  Time to Start MARCHING!
  • March 5-2-1-0 Feature:  Take a Break from Screens and READ!

 

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Transportation Policy Board to meet March 17th

Posted: Wed, March 10, 2021

The next RPA-1 Transportation Policy Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 17th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. The Enhancement and Technical Committees will meet beforehand at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., respectively.

These meetings will take place via electronic means pursuant to the provisions of the Iowa Open Meetings Law, Section 21.8, Code of Iowa. For information on accessing the meeting, contact Aaron Detter at adetter@uerpc.org or (563) 419-6126.

AGENDA

1. Call to Order
2. Election of Chair and Vice Chair
3. Approval of the agenda
4. Approval of the December 9th, 2020 meeting minutes
5. Public Hearing: RPA-1 Public Participation Plan
6. Consideration and possible board action: Adoption of RPA-1 Public Participation Plan
7. Consideration and possible board action to award Iowa’s TAP regional funding for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2025
8. Consideration and possible board action to award STBG/Swap funding for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2025
9. RPA-1 Staff Updates
10. Iowa DOT Updates
11. Floor Items
12. Set next meeting date
13. Adjournment

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HUD ANNOUNCES EXTENSIONS AND EXPANSIONS OF COVID-19 HOMEOWNER RELIEF AND HOME RETENTION MEASURES

Posted: Thu, March 4, 2021

Extensions and expansions suppport the immediate and ongoing needs of homeowners who are experiencing economic impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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