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Iowa DOT gets a jump start on road construction

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

It's come early because of warm weather. Road work is already happening in eastern Iowa. The Iowa Department of Transportation has a jump start on construction projects all over Iowa, and Iowa DOT officials say this could be one of the busiest seasons in recent years.

"There is a lot of work going on in the state so keep that in mind when you're out driving. If you see the orange and black sign, be ready for a work zone and slow down," said Pete Hjelmstad, Iowa DOT Field Services Coordinator.

Interstate 35, 80, and 380 will all see some form of renovations. Highway 218 and 63 are also slated to be worked on by the Iowa DOT this year, but it's the I-380 project in Black Hawk County that could cause the most problems as the southbound lanes will be closed and traffic will go head to head in the northbound lanes.

Ed Maulemans is from Indiana, crossing eastern Iowa on a trip to Montana. He says he doesn't mind road construction, but it's the other drivers in construction zones that bother him.

"It can be irritating. I don't have a problem. It's everyone else who's trying to rush up to the front and make everyone else's life difficult. If everyone would slow down a little bit and give everyone extra room it would make it a whole lot easier, but everyone is trying to get up front," said Maulemans.

"When you see those work zones signs be ready to slow down and when you get to them slow down and pay attention. So many of the crashes in work zones are rear end crashes and it's plain and simple a lot of times people aren't paying attention," said Hjelmstad.

If you would like to keep up to date on construction projects you can go to the Iowa DOT's website at www.511ia.org.

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