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State Patrol to control Farm Progress Show traffic

By Staff | Aug 26, 2014

BOONE (ISP) – The Iowa State Patrol is preparing for the 2014 Farm Progress Show and asking Iowans to do the same when driving to the event.

The show runs from Tuesday through Thursday at the permanent site located along Iowa Highway 17, just north of U.S. Highway 30 in Boone County.

Organizers anticipate 20,000 vehicles will travel to Boone County each day, with an attendance nearing 200,000 during the three-day event.

Troopers from the Iowa State Patrol will be working intersections along the route to ensure traffic moves in a safe and efficient manner. Motorists traveling to and from the event are reminded to expect slow traffic and delays, obey all traffic laws, pay attention to signs, flashing lights and always follow officers’ directions.

Motorists should avoid stopping on the traveled portion to ask officers questions, unless it is an emergency. The key to safe and efficient traffic flow with minimal delays will be a cooperative effort between the motoring public and law enforcement.

Some delays should be expected near the Farm Progress Show site. Highways most likely to be affected will be Interstate 35, near Ames, U.S. Highway 30, between Ames and Boone, Iowa Highway 17, near Boone, as well as some county roads near the site location.

State Troopers expect travel times to be heaviest from 6 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Some roads in the Boone County area may be closed for traffic control and safety.

To avoid congested roadways and substantial delays, Boone County residents are encouraged to use alternate routes during peak traffic periods.

Suggested travel routes include:

A). From Interstate 35:

Take Exit 111. Take U.S. Highway 30 west to Iowa Highway 17. Turn north and troopers will direct from there.

B). From U.S. Highway 30:

Take exit for Iowa Highway 17. Turn north and troopers will direct from there.

C). From Iowa Highway 17:

Take Iowa 17 to the north side of the exhibit field. Look for two visitor parking lot entrances. Troopers will direct from there.

D). From U.S. Highway 169:

Take exit for U.S. 30. Take U.S. Highway 30 east to Iowa Highway 17. Turn north and look for three visitor parking lot entrances. Troopers will direct from there.

Potential road closures include:

1). Iowa 17 from U.S. ighway 30 to 210th Street will be one-way traffic for Farm Progress Show, during peak traffic periods.

2). TAvenue south of 210th Street.

3). Eastbound Mamie Eisenhower at R Avenue.

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