(Updated 7:06-a.m.) Accidents and stalled vehicles create traffic hazards


December 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Snow drifts, stalled vehicles and jackknifed semis have caused a few roads in the KJAN listening area to be partially or completely blocked. The Iowa Department of Transportation’s 511ia.org website reports Iowa Highway 83 between Avoca and the Highway 173 (Elk Horn) turn-off, will have alternating lane closures today (Friday), so the road can be cleared of snow drifts.

The DOT says Highway 44 in Guthrie County, between Iowa Hwy 4 and US 169, remains closed due to snow drifts and stalled vehicles on the roadway. The Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office reported the road was closed Thursday morning. It will remain closed until the road is cleared of snow and vehicles.

A reminder also, that Tow Bans are currently in effect for Adams, Cass, Crawford, Fremont, Guthrie, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery,  Page and Pottawattamie Counties, according to the DOT, until conditions on the roadways improve. Vehicles which slide off the road in those counties will not be towed until the restrictions are lifted.