October 21, 2021
Having an accurate weather forecast is critical to helping us keep Iowa roads in great shape, no matter what the season. Working with our weather vendor, DTN, we rolled out a new weather product on Oct. 1, just in time for winter preparations. The new website, ClearPath, (https://iowadot.clearpathweather.com) replaces the previous WeatherSentry site.
Craig Bargfrede of the Maintenance Bureau said, “The new weather package has all the elements we depend on plus the benefit of a road condition forecast that we’ll be testing over this winter season. It will also include enhanced year-round information, including daily video forecasts 365 days a year.”
The first day on a job can be exciting and a bit intimidating, especially if that job includes working on a highway with traffic whizzing by you at 60 mph or greater. To make sure we are living our core value of “safety first” and preparing our new field staff to be as safe and successful as possible on the road, we’ve recently implemented a more formalized training system to assure new team members have the skills they need to safely come back home to their loved ones after every shift.