January 2, 2018
How long do your New Year’s resolutions typically last – a week, a month or longer? Tracking your progress is one way to assess how you’re doing. That’s what we do every Monday with signs over the highway and on social media with our Message Monday program.
The preliminary fatality count on Iowa roads for 2017 is 329 people. While that number is better than the 402 people killed on the roads in 2016, that is still 329 too many.
We all want the same thing. Every customer on Iowa’s transportation system wants to get where they want to go, when they want to get there – no hold ups, no brake lights, no screeching tires. We count on our transportation system to run like a well-oiled machine. Heavy traffic, winter weather, construction season – none of that should slow us down.
But the smooth flow of traffic is much more than the convenience of getting you where you want to go. A transportation system with fewer slowdowns gets items to store shelves more efficiently and cost-effectively, most of all, provides an increased level of safety.
The hustle and bustle of the holidays is nearly over. As Iowans, we know what comes next. The seemingly long, cold, and dreary winter. Although some people, including many of our own Iowa Department of Transportation snowfighters, love to see winter in full swing, now is a good time to brush up on those winter driving skills around snowplows.
Craig Bargfrede, Iowa DOT winter operations administrator, says the main rule to keep both you and our drivers safe is, “Don’t crowd the plow.”
Wouldn’t it be great if we all got to come to work every day and pursue the things that matter most to us? Our team in the Office of Location and Environment is a group of individuals working toward the common goals of advancing transportation while preserving and protecting Iowa’s ecosystems.
Looking after the environment isn’t just an Iowa DOT activity for many of our employees. Several of these dedicated people spend their free time volunteering for programs and projects that make a difference in the world around us. Not to pick on just one of these folks, but here’s the story of how Mark Sloppy, environmental specialist senior, spent a weekend in September.