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Posted on: February 17, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Covington Road south of Palo to close on March 2nd for IDOT construction project

IDOT News Release: MANCHESTER, Iowa – Feb. 16, 2015 – Construction of the Covington Road bridge over Iowa 100 will require closing Covington Road between Palo and Covington beginning Monday, March 2, until mid-November, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Manchester construction office.

This road closure will allow construction crews to remove the roadway embankment and construct a bridge over Iowa 100 for the future Covington Road and Iowa 100 interchange. The Covington Road bridge over the abandoned railroad property will also be removed and replaced with a box culvert.

To minimize traffic impact, the Iowa DOT and contractor partnered to compress the bridge construction schedule to a single season. This scheduling was done to avoid having traffic detoured during the 2015-2016 winter.

Traffic impact:
Covington Road will be closed 1 mile north of Covington.
A marked detour will be provided from Palo east on Blairs Ferry Road to Edgewood Road, and then south across the Cedar River to F Avenue.
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The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, 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.


Contact: Hugh Holak at 563-927-2397 or [email protected] or John Vu at 319-730-1505 or [email protected]

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