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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The Iowa and Wisconsin Departments of Transportation held a joint public information meeting in Lansing on July 9 to discuss the Iowa 9 (Black Hawk) bridge over the Mississippi River. Information about the project, proposed alignments and bridge designs, environmental information and more is available on Iowa DOT’s website. Members of the public are invited to review the information and provide feedback and comments. Visit https://www.tinyurl.com/yynepawg to review project information and submit comments.
The July 9th meeting of the RPA-1 Technical Committee will be held at Upper Explorerland's Decorah offices, at 325 Washington Street, Suite A. This is due to a scheduling conflict at the Winneshiek Count Offices.
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The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) invites members of the public to attend an informational meeting regarding the proposed improvements on the Iowa 9 (Black Hawk) bridge. The meeting will be on July 9, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Kee High School, 569 Center Street in Lansing.
Details of the proposed project will be presented and Iowa DOT and consultant representatives will be available to discuss the project informally. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend to express their views and ask questions about the proposed project.
The meeting room is accessible for persons with disabilities. However, if you require special accommodations at the meeting, please notify Krista Billhorn at email@example.com or 641-422-9447.
Those who have any comments or questions prior to the meeting, or are not able to attend, should contact Krista Billhorn or refer to the Iowa DOT’s website, which is periodically updated as new information becomes available: www.iowadot.gov/pim. If you would like to make a comment regarding this project, please visit: http://bit.ly/iowadot2723.