Tackling road construction confusion in Mason City

City and Iowa DOT to try and reduce traffic congestion.

Posted: May 4, 2018 1:48 PM
Updated: May 4, 2018 1:50 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa – Help may be on the way for traffic congestion caused by Mason City road construction.

Work is underway on Highway 122/5th Street South between South Monroe Avenue and South Carolina Avenue. That has created lane restrictions and rerouted traffic. Signs, signals, and pavement markings have been put in place but city officials say additional measures are planned.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is going to add more lane designation signs and pavement markings for southbound traffic on Monroe Avenue and dashed pavement markings will be added for westbound traffic on Highway 122 to direct drivers from the construction zone into normal driving lanes.

Dashed lane lines will also be added to eastbound Highway 122/6th Street South at the new bypass pavement and additional signs indicating two-way head-to-head traffic will be placed within the work zone.

Mason City says it is also considering repositioning traffic signals and making adjustments with the timing or phasing of signals at the affected intersections.

The DOT and city officials say they will continue to monitor work zone traffic and make necessary changes as the project progresses.

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