Fire department impacted by 122 project

With the Highway 122 reconstruction project in full swing, those with the Mason City Fire Department say they are seeing drivers using their emergency exit/entrance.

Posted: May. 4, 2018 8:15 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa- With the Highway 122 reconstruction project in full swing, those with the Mason City Fire Department say they are seeing drivers using their emergency exit/entrance.
In a Facebook post May 2nd the Fire Department said they understand people are still learning the new routes because of the project, but ask people not to drive in this area. They say this is for emergency vehicles only and cars being there can slow down response times.
Kathy Demaris is one of those confused drivers. While she says she personally hasn’t driven on the emergency driveway, she said she does worry about first responders getting to those in need.
“That’s going to make it hard for them to get to the people that need their help,” she said. “I just try to stay clear of that area.”
Those with the Iowa Department of Transportation say they are monitoring the project for the public’s safety. They say they will be putting in additional signs as well as changing the timing of the lights and repositioning them.

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