Reminder: Expect traffic congestion near Boone Tues-Thurs

The Iowa State Patrol is preparing for the 2018 Farm Progress Show and asking Iowans to do the same.

The show runs from Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 28-30,  at the permanent site located along Iowa 17, just north of U.S. 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.

The Iowa Department of Transportation and the Boone County engineer’s office are working in conjunction with a private traffic control company to erect signs clearly marking the travel routes for visitors attending the show.

In addition, 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 along these routes 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.

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With a traffic increase of this magnitude 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. 30 between Ames and Boone, Iowa 17 near Boone, as well as some county roads near the site location. State troopers expect travel times to be heaviest from 6 to 9 am and 3 to 6 pm.  Please also note that some roads in the Boone County area may be closed for traffic control and safety.

The Iowa State Patrol and organizers of the Farm Progress Show are sensitive to the needs of local residents. To avoid congested roadways and substantial delays, Boone County residents are encouraged to use alternate routes during peak traffic periods.

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