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Extreme Weather Conditions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pamela Bennett   
Monday, 17 February 2014 12:59

Travel in rural Scott County is not recommended due to extremely limited visibility from blowing snow. If you must travel, use extreme caution, make sure you have a severe weather travel kit and that someone knows your travel route and estimated time of arrival.

Due to these travel conditions, help could be delayed in getting to your emergency.

 
STATEMENT REGARDING TUESDAY AIRPORT AUTHORITY BOARD MEETING PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Jennings   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 10:11

DES MOINES – Today, AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the Des Moines Airport Authority’s Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 11:

“We continue to feel that the proposed Pro-Tec contract will imperil the safety of airport customers. The Board’s agenda says they will vote on the proposed contract. Once again, we are encouraging concerned members of the public to attend the Authority Board meeting on Tuesday, February 11th at 9 am in the second floor boardroom at the airport terminal in order to express their opposition to the outsourcing plan.”

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Governor Quinn Opens Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge Over Mississippi River PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grant Klinzman   
Monday, 10 February 2014 11:15

Monumental Bridge Will Improve Safety and Reduce Traffic Congestion

EAST ST. LOUIS – Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and a number of local officials to open the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. The monumental $695 million bridge provides a better and safer way for millions of motorists to cross the Mississippi River between Illinois and Missouri. Today's event is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“The team spirit and diverse participation that went into the planning and construction of this magnificent structure is a fitting tribute to Stan Musial and the veterans after whom it is named,” Governor Quinn said. “This is the first new bridge connecting downtown St. Louis and southwestern Illinois that has been built in more than four decades, and it will be a catalyst for business development and job creation for the future.”

“This is more than a bridge – it is a road to opportunity for the thousands of people in Illinois and Missouri who have long deserved a faster and safer way to get to work and home again,” Transportation Secretary Foxx said. “Last week, President Obama said that ‘first-class jobs gravitate to first-class infrastructure,’ and there is no bigger example than this first-class bridge of how transportation investments can help businesses and residents alike.”

“The new bridge will mean more jobs and more economic opportunity on both sides of the Mississippi,” Senator Durbin said. “I was proud to support federal funding for the bridge in Washington and proud to join Senator McCaskill in introducing legislation to name the bridge after both our brave veterans and one of my earliest childhood heroes, Stan ‘The Man’ Musial. I look forward to the economic boost this bridge will bring to both Illinois and Missouri.”

“One-hundred and forty years after the Eads Bridge first linked Missouri and Illinois, the I-70 Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge is the latest span to bring commerce and travelers across the Mississippi River at this nexus of our country,” Governor Nixon said. “This is a milestone for trade and transportation that will help this region, and our two states, continue to grow.”

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge is one mile north of the Martin Luther King Bridge. It has two traffic lanes in each direction with room to expand to three lanes, and carries Interstate 70 traffic between Illinois and Missouri, connecting I-70 at the I-55/I-64/I-70 interchange on the Illinois side to I-70 near Cass Avenue in Missouri. Construction began in the summer of 2009. The project, a joint effort by the Illinois and Missouri departments of transportation, has created or supported more than 9,000 jobs.

Illinois contributed $347 million toward the bridge construction, with Missouri contributing $41 million and the federal government contributing $307 million. Part of Illinois' commitment came from Governor Quinn's Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program.

“We are excited to open the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge to traffic,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said. “Thanks to the hard work of our diverse group of trade workers, contractors and consulting engineers who made this project happen, motorists on both sides of the river will have a safer, less congested and faster commute. We are proud of the partnership with the Missouri Department of Transportation and we sincerely appreciate Governor Pat Quinn’s unwavering support for this important project as part of our vision to transform Transportation for Tomorrow.”

A diverse group of trade workers, contractors, and engineers have worked on the project since it began in 2009. The 24 percent minority workforce participation on the Illinois-funded part of the project is nearly 10 percent higher than the goal set by the Federal Highway Administration and sets a record for construction projects in the Metro East area.

The new bridge and its carefully planned alignment will provide economic benefits to the Metro East area of Illinois. For example, a new interchange was constructed at the relocated Illinois Route 3 that will open the National Stockyards area for redevelopment.

The work in Illinois required the largest archaeological dig in the country from 2009-12. More than 6,000 archaeological features were investigated, and in 2011 the Federal Highway Administration Environmental Excellence Award was presented to the Illinois Department of Transportation for their efforts relating to archaeology in the area. The discoveries made during the project greatly enhanced the knowledge of the civilization that flourished at nearby Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Illinois' only World Heritage Site. The new bridge will make it easier for motorists on the Missouri side of the river to visit Cahokia Mounds.

The existing Poplar Street Bridge carried combined traffic for Interstates 55, 64 and 70 and averages 120,000 vehicles daily. By 2030, the Poplar Street Bridge would have carried more than 150,000 vehicles daily if the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge had not been built. The new I-70 bridge and the Poplar Street Bridge, which will continue to carry I-55/64 traffic, will mean much less congestion and fewer accidents and will greatly enhance traffic flow between Illinois and Missouri.

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge project is part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program, which will support more than 439,000 jobs over six years. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest capital construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest capital construction programs in the nation.

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2013 River to River Classic Car Cruise Review & Survey PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Darby   
Monday, 10 February 2014 10:46
Hello Cruisers!
First off, we’d like to thank all of you for joining us on the third annual Route 6 River to River Cruise across Iowa. With your participation, we helped raise awareness of the original Highway 6, along with the towns and small businesses along the route. We made a tremendous positive economic impact in the communities we visited. This year’s cruise was by far the biggest yet, with a total participation of over 200 cars! This was triple what we had in 2012.
With this growth, of course came some growing pains, which, along with a record three detours, one unprepared restaurant (someone told them we weren’t coming) and some signage that was late getting installed, caused a few difficulties with staying on route. We are a nonprofit, volunteer group, who are learning as we go.
We did learn from these difficulties, and we will be making a few changes for our fourth River to River cruise, which will be October 10-12, 2014.

There will be better signage, and in addition, there will be maps, turn by turn directions, and scheduled stops, where we can catch back up, and regroup.)

We are presently developing the itinerary for the next cruise, and we would like to invite you to contribute your input.

We want to make sure no one gets lost, that the pace is comfortable, and that you can take in as many of the attractions as possible. We will have volunteers to help manage and guide traffic. This much we have established. We will once again start in Davenport, with a lunch stop in Coralville at Iowa River Power Restaurant in Coralville.
Overnights will include Grinnell, where the Chamber and the Vintage Car Club, along with the Transportation Museum are working together on something big, and in Council Bluffs where the city will be holding a Historic Route 6 Street Fest. All three of the overnight communities, and many others are preparing something special just for us. They saw our numbers, they love your cars, they share our enthusiasm, and they are rolling out their welcome mats.

Speaking of special, we used to have a tradition in Davenport called “Cruising the One ways”.

On the Thursday night (October 9th) preceding the cruise, we will have hundreds of cool rides cruising those one ways, and the downtown area restaurants will have special deals for the cruisers.  Afterwards, the good folks from Dahl Ford have extended an invitation to an Open House at their fabulous “Old Cars Home”. The Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau will helping us out once again, and we will have lodging lined up for our out of town guests.

You can pre-register for the 2014 Classic car Cruise here:

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That said, whether or not you choose to join us again in 2014, we would appreciate if you could spare a few moments to fill out this brief survey (linked below). Also, if you have any other questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to share them with us.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kWtH4gU077FyfBxgtzqAOSST75C5EpElsWx_G7T-T9U/viewform

Once again, we thank you very much for joining us, and for helping make this third River to River Cruise such a memorable one. Without you, it wouldn't have been possible.

 
DES MOINES AIRPORT AUTHORITY BOARD SHOULD PUT SAFETY FIRST PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Jennings   
Monday, 03 February 2014 13:17

DES MOINES – Today, AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding the Des Moines Airport Authority’s decision to schedule a Board vote for tomorrow on the pending contract with Pro-Tec Fire Services:

“The Des Moines Airport Authority Board is showing a callous disregard for the safety of airport passengers by plowing ahead with this risky, unsafe outsourcing plan. As we detailed in our previous news release, Pro-Tec Fire Services has a troubled history and the Airport Authority’s Request for Proposal included staffing requirements that are insufficient to meet OSHA requirements and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) staffing and interior firefighting safety standards. The staffing level is so minimal that in a crash, Pro-Tec employees will only be able to focus on putting the fire out—not assisting injured passengers.

“At a January 29th meeting with Airport Authority managers some current Airport Firefighters/Medics made a sensible proposal to have the Airport Authority hire the current firefighters/medics as Airport Authority employees. The Airport’s Assistant Executive Director and General Manager, Kevin Foley, stated that the airport is ‘a business and is making a business decision.’ He further claimed that the airport does not have to follow OSHA and NFPA standards.

“The Airport Authority is not a business. It is a public entity with board members nominated by the Mayor of Des Moines and appointed by the Des Moines City Council. Its priority should be safety, period.”

“We ask all members of the public who support a safe airport to show their opposition to this dangerous proposed contract with Pro-Tec. We encourage them to attend the Authority Board meeting on Tuesday at 9 am in the second floor boardroom at the airport terminal.”

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