Threat of Iowa 2 closure becomes more imminent


June 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa - June 13, 2011; 4:30 p.m. – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT)
is reporting that flood waters are creeping farther onto the eastbound lanes of Iowa
2 in Fremont County and high winds are causing considerable movement of the waters

Iowa 2 serves as the connection between Iowa and Nebraska City, Nebr. The right
eastbound lane is already closed; the westbound lanes are still open. 

Flood and ground water levels are expected to rise in the area in the coming days.
Rain is also forecast on and off through Thursday. The combination of these
conditions makes the eventual road closure more imminent. 

Recognizing the importance of this highway to the region, the Iowa DOT will keep the
road open just as long as it is safe to do so. The public will be notified when it
is necessary to close the road. 

Traveler safety 
For public safety, the speed limit on the roadway is being reduced. Travelers should
keep their attention focused on the driving task and exercise additional caution at
night when it is more difficult to see a water-covered roadway. Look at the road
ahead instead of nearby flooding, and be on the alert for drivers who may slow down
or stop.       

Key traveler information resources:
·         Iowa DOT’s flood information call center 866-452-8510, open from 7 a.m. to
9 p.m. daily, speak to an operator for travel assistance
·         Road condition information 24 hours a day: visit, or call
511 (in Iowa) or 800-288-1047 (outside of the state) for a recorded message of road