Snow and Bitterly Cold Weather Could Combine for Tricky Driving This Weekend

Posted: Fri, December 6, 2013

Although the forecast only calls for a few inches of snow over most of Iowa this weekend, motorists haven't had a lot of practice this year driving in winter weather, and frigid temperatures could make becoming stranded in a vehicle very dangerous. The Iowa Department of Transportation's snow plows will be out spreading anti-icing chemicals and clearing roads where necessary. Motorists should use extra caution and follow these tips to drive more safely during winter weather.

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Use your vehicle's safety equipment. Make sure you and your passengers are wearing their seatbelts or are in a child safety seat. Your vehicle's headlights are a valuable asset when driving in winter weather. Turn them on to see and be seen.

Fill your vehicle's gas tank. Before traveling in winter weather, always keep your vehicle's gas tank nearly full and make sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition.

Never use cruise control during winter weather. Your vehicle's cruise control sensors may not work properly if the tires are traveling on packed snow or ice. This can cause your vehicle to increase its speed, placing you at greater risk of getting involved in a crash.

Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle. This kit should contain items to help sustain your life and the lives of your passengers should your vehicle become stranded. These items can include: booster cables, candles and matches, a flashlight with fresh batteries, extra blankets and warm clothes, nonperishable food items, a can for melting water, and a snow shovel. Sufficient supplies should be in the kit for all persons traveling in the vehicle. Carrying a mobile phone in your vehicle is also advised for use during an emergency.

Use caution when approaching or following a snowplow. Snowplows generally operate at much slower speeds than other traffic. Snowplows can be forced sideways when clearing hard-packed drifts and generate a "snow cloud" that may impair the vision of drivers in nearby vehicles. Remain a safe distance behind the snowplow, pass only when clear; and never continue to drive alongside a plow. Allow plenty of space when passing the snowplow because the wing of the plow blade extends out to the side of the truck. Do not cut back into the lane of traffic too closely in front of a snowplow truck because the blade also extends in front of the truck. Remember the slogans, "Ice and Snow …Take It Slow" and "Don't crowd the plow."

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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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