Where we go to work every day has changed for some of us, but not for those who call a construction zone their workplace. While the global pandemic has slowed the pace of many “normal” activities, road construction continues to move full steam ahead.
The Iowa DOT has more than $775 million in construction projects on the books for this year. That doesn’t count all the maintenance projects on state and U.S. highways and interstates or projects being done by cities or counties on their roads.
When you venture out, don’t be surprised by the amount of work you might see. If you want to check out the route you’re planning to take to determine if there is construction, go to https://www.511ia.org/. While you are there, check out the beta version of the improved site by clicking on the orange bar at the top and give us your feedback.
This video from our friends at the Virginia DOT is a reminder of how quickly things can change in a work zone - https://youtu.be/RagEXHFQJBs
For 2020, there have been 122 fatalities reported. That is an increase of eight since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at https://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/stats/daily.pdf