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GOING ORANGE: Ames Lights Up For Construction

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The closer we get to the summer months, the more orange signs and barricades will begin to pop up on our roadways.

The Iowa Department of Transportation and the City of Ames want to remind drivers to be careful in work zones.

They are using the new gateway lighting on Highway 30 near Interstate 35 to send the message. The sculptures will be lit up orange for Work Zone Awareness Week April 15 through 19.

It comes as a major construction project begins on Highway 30 from Ames to Nevada. Traffic in the area will be reduced to one lane in each direction. The $5 million project adds more turn lanes, a wider bridge and new road surface.

Drivers will have to deal with the construction through the end of July.

The DOT is asking motorists to be patient and follow all posted detour or construction signs.

When this phase of the project is complete it will end a multi-year resurfacing project along Highway 30 in Story County.