Truckers route around Midwest as flooding continues

| Friday, June 17, 2011

Flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers has proved costly for truck drivers who are being forced to run more miles in an effort to find alternate routes because of road closures.

And state Department of Transportation officials for both Iowa and Missouri say these road closures may be in effect for months until the water recedes and the infrastructure can be examined.

The closure of Interstate 29 near Hamburg, Iowa, because of a levee breech, has largely affected truck traffic. OOIDA Life Member Kenneth Becker of Montgomery, TX, told Land Line that the “flooding is not going away there” anytime soon. 

“Our truckers better figure new routes and/or avoid that area,” Becker said.

Dena Gray-Fisher of the Iowa DOT told Land Line that drivers traveling through the state who have any questions about road closures are urged to call 866-452-8510. Operators will be available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily to answer their questions about alternative routes.

The Missouri DOT’s website has a map of the road closures along the Missouri and the Mississippi rivers. More road closures are currently listed on the eastern side of the state because of Mississippi River flooding, but MoDOT is preparing for flooding along the western side of the state as the water heads that way on the Missouri River.

“We are trying to update everything as we receive it so everyone has the most recent information,” DeAnne Rickabaugh of MoDOT Motor Carrier Services told Land Line recently.

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