Troopers Patrol I-380/80 Interchange Around the Clock
By Jill Kasparie, Reporter
JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa – Flashing red and blue lights are a common sight near the Interstate 380/80 interchange.
Iowa State Patrol Troopers have their attention focused on that area as construction continues. They've already written out dozens of tickets to slow down speeders and stop reckless drivers in the construction zone. Their goal is to avoid any type of fatality as work progresses on the cloverleaf loops.
Workers are fixing up the interchange. The ramps are all open, but crews are still working around the exits.
Troopers said they've focused more effort on this interchange construction project than any other one. Some have been working extra shifts or overtime to keep it a safe place for drivers and workers. Trooper Bob Conrad said it's one of the most traveled intersections in the state.
"We all know when we're on 380, we've had that person that passes you at 80, 90 miles per hour. They were coming in there, going that fast. But since I've been there, since the other troopers have been there, we've put an extra effort on it. I've seen it drop 10, 15 miles per hour every morning,” Trooper Conrad said.
Missouri Truck driver John Taute drives the interchange regularly.
"People just don't do what they should do and back off and be cautious, even with their presence, unfortunately. It's a sad thing we need it but from what I can tell it is needed,” Taute said.
Troopers will begin backing off their constant patrol as the project winds down. Work is expected to wrap up by the first week of September.
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