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For immediate release:  

Monday, August 23, 2010  


Boone, IOWA --- The Iowa State Patrol is preparing for the 2010 Farm Progress Show and asking Iowans to do the same! The show begins Tuesday, August 31, 2010 and continues through Thursday, September 2, 2010.  The Farm Progress Show is being held at a new, permanent site located along Iowa 17, just north of U.S. 30 in Boone County.  Organizers anticipate 30,000 vehicles will travel to Boone County each day, with an attendance nearing 200,000 during the three-day event.

The Iowa Department of Transportation and the Boone County Engineer’s Office are working in conjunction with a private traffic control company, to erect signs clearly marking the travel routes for visitors attending the show. In addition, Troopers from the Iowa State Patrol will be working intersections along the route to ensure traffic moves in a safe and efficient manner. Motorists traveling to and from the event along these routes are reminded to: expect slow traffic and delays; obey all traffic laws; pay attention to signs, flashing lights, and always follow officers’ directions. Motorists should also avoid stopping on the traveled portion to ask officers questions, unless it is an emergency. The key to safe and efficient traffic flow with minimal delays will be a cooperative effort between the motoring public and law enforcement.

To find your best travel route to the Farm Progress Show, click here.

With a traffic increase of this magnitude some delays should be expected near the Farm Progress Show site.  Highways most likely to be affected will be Interstate 35 near Ames, U.S. 30 between Ames and Boone, Iowa 17 near Boone, as well as some county roads near the site location.  State Troopers expect travel times to be heaviest from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Thursday, September 2nd between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., traffic on U.S. 30 in the Ames area is expected to be particularly heavy as a result of traffic leaving the Farm Progress Show and fans arriving in Ames for the first home Iowa State football game.  Motorists should exercise caution and expect delays!

Please also note that some roads in the Boone County area may be closed for traffic control and safety.

Click here to see a list of roads near the show site that may be closed.

The Iowa State Patrol and organizers of the Farm Progress Show are sensitive to the needs of local residents.  To avoid congested roadways and substantial delays, Boone County residents are encouraged to use alternate routes during peak traffic periods.

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