Patience needed on FD streets today

RAGBRAI will bring changes to traffic patterns

Fort Dodge is going to welcome a lot of visitors today — probably more than 15,000 people.

There were a lot of folks in town last week for the girls state softball tournament, but the number of visitors rose and fell a little every day as the tournament progressed. Today will be different. All of those 15,000 people will be here all at once as RAGBRAI rolls into town. The bicyclists will come in today and leave Tuesday. While they are here, there will be entertainment and food downtown.

To safely accommodate the bicycles and to provide their riders with a good time, some streets will be closed today and Tuesday.

Those who live and work in Fort Dodge will need to be flexible and accept some temporary changes to their daily routine. Patience and caution will be needed as they move about town. This will be especially true for those who work downtown, where a long section of Central Avenue will be closed.

Road closures were to begin at 6 a.m. today. Normal traffic conditions are expected to resume at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Riders will enter the city at U.S. Highway 169 and Kenyon Road. From there, they will travel along Kenyon Road to the main campground located at Sunkissed Meadows.

Tuesday’s departure route will be on Central Avenue, 11th Street, Sixth Avenue North, Martin Luther King Drive and 10th Avenue North.

We encourage people to consider leaving for work just a bit earlier today and Tuesday.

Remember that the police and public works crews didn’t block the roads to annoy you. They did it to make sure everyone can get around safely.

We ask everyone to be patient and considerate while traveling through Fort Dodge today and Tuesday.


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