Transportation Matters in Iowa

Archives: July 2015

Traffic cams, signs, and U.S. 6 - Thursday 3 with the Iowa DOT #Thurs3DOT

Traffic cams, signs, and U.S. 6 - Thursday 3 with the Iowa DOT #Thurs3DOT

July 30, 2015

Thursday-Three_3A common idiom states that that often there is more to something than what meets the eye. This is most definitely true in the world of transportation. For most of our activities, there is an in-depth, well researched reason behind what we are doing, though the solution may seem simple. Our Thursday 3 question and answer series was created to give you a closer look at the amount of work that goes into our projects. Each week we are selecting three questions to which we will provide an expert answer. This week’s subjects include the Cedar Rapids speed cameras, interstate signage, and U.S. 6 reconstruction. If you have a question you would like answered, post on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #Thurs3DOT for a chance to be featured on the blog!

 

Message Monday - July 27, 2015 - Texting and driving is clever, said NO ONE EVER

Message Monday - July 27, 2015 - Texting and driving is clever, said NO ONE EVER

July 27, 2015

7-27-message-mondayNobody wakes up in the morning and says, “I’m going to get into a crash today.”  Car crashes can happen at any time and anywhere.  Most occur on familiar roads and obviously, when you least expect it.

Today’s video reinforces that it just takes a few seconds to look away at the right time and at the right moment to change the day.  All of the people in the video were just going about their typical, peaceful and uneventful day and commute until a distraction changed how the day would end.  https://youtu.be/OVnRcIXEqaU

CleverThe fatality count of 153 is an increase of six from last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf.

Mayflies, bridges, and bypasses – oh my! Thursday 3 with the Iowa DOT #Thurs3DOT

Mayflies, bridges, and bypasses – oh my! Thursday 3 with the Iowa DOT #Thurs3DOT

July 23, 2015

Thursday-Three_2Welcome to this week’s Thursday 3 with the Iowa DOT; each week we are selecting three questions to be featured on our blog that are sent to us on social media using the hashtag #Thurs3DOT.  Our main goal is to help you better understand the transportation system and the logic behind our projects and procedures.  If you have a question you would like answered, post it on our Facebook page or tweet us with the hashtag #Thurs3DOT!'

Take the road less traveled: Iowa Byways

Take the road less traveled: Iowa Byways

July 23, 2015

LogoPack the car, get off the beaten path, and go explore for the weekend! If a costly cross-country getaway isn’t on your agenda for the summer, here’s an even better route: Iowa Byways. With nine state-designated and two nationally-designated byways, there is plenty to see. From cold-water trout fishing to hiking through the Loess Hills, Iowa Byways are something you won’t want to miss this summer. 

Message Monday - July 20, 2015 - Flashing blue, red or yellow - Move Over

Message Monday - July 20, 2015 - Flashing blue, red or yellow - Move Over

July 20, 2015

MM7-20-15Iowa DOT maintenance workers, law enforcement and tow truck drivers - practically anyone who works alongside a highway has a horror story of a “near miss” when a passing vehicle didn’t give them the space they needed to work. 

Even worse, many of these folks have stories of passing vehicles swerving to try to intimidate or scare them. 


In 2002, Iowa passed the first “Move Over, Slow Down” law to help protect those who are on the road trying to protect us. It was updated in 2012. http://www.iowadot.gov/rules/rulesoftheroad.htm

Bridges do more than connect one side of a road to the other

Bridges do more than connect one side of a road to the other

July 17, 2015

Mile-long-bridgeYou probably drive over dozens of them every day but, unless you’re a structural engineer, you likely don’t give a lot of thought to the condition of Iowa’s bridges. That’s the way it should be. Safety is one of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s core values. We think about it a lot, so you don’t have to. 

The Iowa DOT’s team of structural engineers, analysts, and technicians spend a lot of time analyzing data about bridges. They use a variety of methods to evaluate and monitor the more than 4,200 bridges on the state highway system that includes roads marked as state and U.S. routes and interstates. That data is used to determine which bridges - critical transportation assets - need to be rehabilitated or replaced to make sure you are able to get where you need to go safely.

We’re talking highways and interstates: Thursday 3 with the Iowa DOT #Thurs3DOT

We’re talking highways and interstates: Thursday 3 with the Iowa DOT #Thurs3DOT

July 16, 2015

Thursday-Three_2Wondering what is going on with highway and interstate construction in your area? Construction projects are a hot topic for this week’s Thursday 3 – and for good reason. People don’t like to be inconvenienced by construction, but most folks understand that we’re working to make the transportation system better. After all, keeping you moving safely, efficiently and conveniently is our mission. Each week we are selecting three questions to answer on our blog that have been submitted on Facebook or Twitter by using the hashtag #Thurs3DOT.  Thank you to everyone who wrote in this week and don’t forget to submit your questions – they could be featured in next week’s blog!

High Five program seeing success in getting more people buckled up

High Five program seeing success in getting more people buckled up

July 15, 2015

Hi5 Blank LogoWhy do some people drive without buckling up? Typical excuses usually revolve around personal preference or comfort.

 

 

 

We hear things like:

  • I should have the right to decide if I buckle up or not.
  • Wearing a seat belt is uncomfortable.
  • It might wrinkle my clothes.
  • I know of someone who died because they were wearing a seat belt in a crash.

Common misconceptions also play a part. Some folks say:

  • It’s better to be thrown clear after a crash.
  • Not buckling up won’t hurt anyone but me.
  • I’m afraid I’ll be trapped if the car starts on fire.
Message Monday for July 13, 2015 - Where's baby? Look before you lock

Message Monday for July 13, 2015 - Where's baby? Look before you lock

July 13, 2015

7-13-message-mondayWe all know today would be a miserable day to be in a car when the air conditioner is not running. But imagine it's a cool 74 degrees outside. After 20 minutes, can you guess the temperature inside your car? Is it 80, 90, 100?  Actually, you’re looking at an inside temperature of 103 after 20 minutes. Heat stroke begins when your body temperature passes 104 degrees. Reaching a body temperature of 107 can be deadly.

Annually, an average of 38 children have died in hot cars in the United States each year since 1998.  More than 70 percent of those heat stroke deaths have been children younger than age 2 and more than half have been the result of a caregiver forgetting the child in the car.

Life is busy, but there is nothing more important than the life of your child. Please look before you lock.

For more helpful tips, including a calculator to show just how warm the inside of your car can get in a short period of time, visit http://www.wheresbaby.org/

Look before you lock! https://vimeo.com/128395043

 

Personnel updates for June 19 to July 2, 2015

Personnel updates for June 19 to July 2, 2015

July 10, 2015

Personnel_updatesInformation provided by the Office of Employee Services

 

 

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