You may have seen, or literally heard, it already.

As pictured in this edition of the Herald-Journal, the state recently installed center-line rumble strips on Highway 2 between Clarinda and Shenandoah. That was an excellent decision.

Center-line rumble strips are becoming more common across the country as various studies show how any kind of notification may prevent a cross-lane accident. They are becoming more common across Iowa as the state is installing them in certain locations.

Coincidentally, I recently read in my Colorado hometown newspaper a story about center line rumble strip installation in the area on U.S. Highway 6.

The rumble-strip can accompanies with what is offered on newer models of certain vehicles. A sensor within the car will detect if the car is drifting out of its lane. At a certain point, either the driver is notified by a flashing message on the dashboard or the car will override the driver and correct itself.

Since then, rumble strips have been added onto the shoulders of some roads across the country. Some bicycle enthusiasts have claimed the strips make it difficult to adequately ride a bike along the shoulder.

Speaking of road conditions, the Interstate 29 flood detour traffic this spring and summer has shown on U.S. Highway 71 between Clarinda and Maryville, Missouri. The worst conditions are in Missouri.

Repairs to Interstate 29 in Iowa is a major reason why the repairs on 16th Street have not yet begun.

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