Pottawattamie County Sheriff asks recreational enthusiasts to avoid OLH


June 17th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker is asking persons who normally travel Old Lincoln Highway for recreational purposes, to refrain from doing so for the time being, due to increased traffic being diverted from Interstate 29. Danker’s request followed a community meeting Thursday afternoon in Crescent.

Old Lincoln Highway has long been a popular route for bicyclists, pedestrians and recreational vehicles, because of the way it winds through the Loess Hills. Unfortunately, he says, it also has a 50-mph speed limit, and curvy roads, which limits the number of areas where vehicles can safely pass.

Pott County Emergency Manager Jeff Theulen also attended Thursday’s meeting. He said many citizens in the Crescent area voiced their concerns about some close calls that have taken place since I-29 was closed and traffic significantly increased on to Old Lincoln Highway.

Both men said the flood impacts everyone, and they asked citizens to voluntarily avoid using the road until the closures are discontinued. Danker says when highways begin to open, they will welcome back all recreational users to the scenic Loess Hills route. The Sheriff thanks everyone in advance, for your understanding of the situation, and your cooperation.