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Rumble Strips to Hit More Iowa Roads

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Iowa DOT state safety engineer Tom Welch said one mile of center-lane rumble strips costs approximately $1,000. Iowa DOT state safety engineer Tom Welch said one mile of center-lane rumble strips costs approximately $1,000.

DUBUQUE COUNTY (KWWL) -- The Iowa Department of Transportation plans to install more center line rumble strips throughout the state.

Test rumble strips have already been in use on Highway 52 in Dubuque County. One man who lives on the highway said the center rumble strips are giving distracted drivers a much-needed wake-up call.

"I think it wakes up the people as they're going around the bend," U.S. Highway 52 resident Joe Frederick said. "You go over the center line, you hear that noise, you know what you're doing. You're across the center line. Get your butt back over."

The announcement comes this week from the Iowa DOT in an effort to reduce center-line crashes.

Iowa DOT state safety engineer Tom Welch said other states that have stepped up their center-line rumble strip count have seen cross-center crashes decrease by as much as 35 percent.

There are "too many unfortunate accidents," Welch said.

Such accidents, he said, can be prevented in a cost-effective way. One mile of center rumble strips costs approximately $1,000, according to Welch.

The Iowa DOT's first priority for center-lane rumble strips are two-lane roads that see more than 3,000 cars, daily. Welch said that decision was made as a balance between safety and the cost of adding rumble strips.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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