DOT reports roads closing

Roads near Salem and Ottumwa are closing for construction work.

Road construction work on northbound U.S. 218 between Henry County Road J-20, mile marker 33.68, and River Road, mile marker 38.08, near Salem will require closing the roadway and bridge over Skunk River to traffic from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 29, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation?s Mt. Pleasant construction office.

The bridge closure and signed detour are expected to be in place for 12 hours. Motorists will be directed around the work zone using the signed detour route which includes Henry County Road J-20.

Local traffic along U.S. 218 will have access to U.S. 218 except for the northbound lanes crossing the bridge over Skunk River.

According to the D.O.T.?s Chariton construction office, road construction work on Iowa 149 between 170th Street and 180th Street north of Ottumwa over Cedar Creek will require closing the bridge and roadway beginning at 7 a.m. Friday, weather permitting,

The bridge closure and detour are expected to be in place for five months Motorists will be directed around the work zone using one of the following signed detour routes:

?Motorists traveling north on Iowa 149, who are driving toward junction Iowa 23, will need to go east on U.S. 34, and then north on Wapello County Road V-37, before turning west onto Iowa 149.

?Motorists traveling south on Iowa 149, who wish to drive to Ottumwa, will turn east onto Iowa 149, at the south junction of Iowa 23, to travel south on Wapello County Road V-37 to U.S. 34, and then drive west on U.S. 34 to Iowa 149.

?Local traffic along Iowa 149 will have access to Iowa 149 except for the closure on Iowa 149 between 170th Street and 180th Street.

The D.O.T. reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limit and other signs, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones.

As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.

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