MASON CITY – The speed limit on Iowa 27/U.S. 18/U.S. 218 at Floyd will be lowered beginning Friday, Sept. 9, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s District 2 office.
Westbound traffic will see the speed limit reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph approximately 1 mile west of the north junction of U.S. 218 and U.S. 18.
Eastbound traffic will have a reduced speed limit from 65 mph to 55 mph approximately one-half mile east of the north junction of U.S. 218 and U.S. 18.
The change is taking place to make it easier for motorists to find gaps in traffic to enter and cross the highway. Electronic signs announcing the speed limit changes will be placed in the area to notify motorists.
The DOT is making the change after a deadly accident at the interchange in July that took a young man’s life. An online petition seeking changes to the interchange was signed thousands of times.
The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. As in all work zones, drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles, and wear seat belts.