— Do not try to pass slow-moving farm equipment on the left without ensuring that the farmer driving the equipment is not planning a left turn. It may appear that the driver is pulling over to allow a pass when the farmer is actually preparing to turn. You will drive right into its path, endangering yourself and the farmer.
— Avoid tailgating, as some farm equipment might have to make sudden stops along the road.
— Allow plenty of time to get to a destination, be aware of alternate routes and avoid distractions.
Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler reminds motorists to be alert on the state’s rural roads.
“I want to encourage motorists to be aware during this spring season and know that encountering farm equipment is likely and to slow down when approaching,” Kettler said.
Rural roadway safety is certainly not a one-way street. There are also certain practices farmers can implement to make their farm equipment more visible on rural roads.
The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) encouraged farmers to improve lighting and markings on farm equipment to make them more visible on rural roads. Here are some of the Center’s safety tips:
— Outline equipment with reflective marking at the widest points.
— Use a slow-moving vehicle (SMV) emblem and keep it clean and visible.
— Make sure all equipment lights work, such as flashing amber lights and turn the lights on as you drive on the roads, even in the daytime.
— Consider adding red taillights to towed equipment.
— If possible, avoid traveling on roadways in the dark.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – Due to overnight rainfall and flooding, motorists are advised to use caution when traveling in rural Barnes County.
Highway Road Superintendent Kerry Johnson said several townships are reporting washed out and flooded roadways. He said motorists are advised to reduce speed, use caution and do not drive through high water areas.
Johnson said no travel advised on ALL Barnes County township roads due to recent rain and flooding. Multiple road and culvert washouts in the area, especially Minnie Lake Township which currently has zero passable roads. Johnson urges that if travel is necessary to use extreme caution.
Flooding photos in Valley City were taken by Tim Ost.
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Getaways by road, rail, sky and sea are expected to be disrupted this long weekend as travellers race to get away for the Easter break.
Despite the soaring cost of fuel, motorists are planning more Easter leisure journeys than ever before in the coming weekend.
The RAC says drivers are collectively planning more than 21 million leisure journeys by car this weekend – the highest number for an Easter bank holiday since the organisation first started tracking motorists’ plans in 2014.
The scale of the Easter getaway on the roads is likely to be increased because of the closures of key parts of the West Coast Main railway line.
Meanwhile, easyJet and British Airways continue to cancel flights, having axed more than 80 scheduled services between them today.
While both airlines have attributed their cancellations in the past fortnight to staff sickness and absence, UK airports have reported staffing issues leading to longer than usual queues and waits.
P&O Ferries has also caused chaos for holidaymakers by suspending all of its Dover-Calais services over the Easter weekend.
Network Rail to carry out 530 engineering projects over Easter
Network Rail has announced it will carry out some 530 engineering projects over Easter, costing a total of £83 million.
This includes the closure of the West Coast Main Line between London Euston and Milton Keynes (Friday 15 to Monday 18 April) for upgrades and HS2 works.
Re-signalling and crossing works will also commence at Clapham Junction, while HS2 works and line upgrades will also be inaction at London Euston and Watford North Junction stations.
Network Rail said that 95 per cent of the network would be unaffected by the improvements.
Chief executive Andrew Haines said: “The majority of the railway will be open as usual this Easter for people to take a short break or visit loved ones, but some routes will be affected by our upgrade works, so we’re asking passengers to plan ahead and check their journeys in advance.
“We’ll be carrying out hundreds of vital projects that will improve passengers’ journeys in future – for example by improving reliability and boosting capacity on the network.”
Ferries apologies to Dover-Calais passengers and offers alternative sailings
Four weeks ago, P&O Ferries ordered all its vessels to tie up and await an important announcement.
Nearly 800 crew were told that they were being made redundant and would be replaced by cheaper agency staff.
Since then P&O has resumed sailings on all its routes except the most crucial: Dover-Calais.
A spokesperson for the company said: “We apologise unreservedly to all customers whose scheduled journeys with us between Dover and Calais have been cancelled whilst we are unable to sail.
“It is only fair and right that we make alternative arrangements for those customers, which include transferring them onto our Hull-Europoort service to Rotterdam, or booking them onto services with Brittany Ferries between Portsmouth and Caen.
“Both of these options are at no extra cost to customers – if anyone chooses either of these alternatives we will reimburse them for any additional mileage expenses incurred and as well as all meals onboard our overnight crossing. Customers will also receive a 25 per cent discount on their original fare.
“We also recognise that these options will not be suitable for everyone, therefore any customer who booked directly with P&O Ferries will be able to claim a full refund and a free trip for future travel.
“We thank customers for their patience during this time and apologise again to those whose journeys have been disrupted.”
P&O Ferries cancels all Dover-Calais sailings over Easter weekend
The company had hoped to resume crossing over Easter, but has been telling customers that no services will be operating until at least Tuesday 19 April.
In response to Twitter user Jeremy Palliser’s query as to whether ferries would be running on Thursday or Friday this week, P&O Ferries responded: “This service remains suspended until the 18 April inclusive, we will update when we have more information and if this changes we will contact you directly. We have contacted customers who were affected. Thank you.”
Want to avoid those airport queues? Consider ditching flights this summer
If you’re worried about the mega-queues and security delays causing some passengers to miss flights this spring, there is one blindingly simple solution, writes travel editor Helen Coffey.
You could always ditch the flights and travel closer to the ground this summer, like Helen – who has pledged to travel flight-free throughout 2022.
“Even before the recent turbulence at airports across the land, which even saw unlucky passengers miss flights because they were stuck in hours-long security queues, I couldn’t help but feel a little smug about my choice every time a friend told me about a disastrous flight delay or a nightmare case of lost luggage,” writes Helen.
“The longer I go without flying, in fact, the more I wonder how I ever tolerated it in the first place.”
Motorists travelling anticlockwise around the eastern section of the M25 are being warned of delays of an hour as a result of a broken-down lorry. It is in the eastern bore of the Dartford Tunnel, with all traffic diverted to the western bore.
National Highways South East says: “The Eastbore tunnel at the Dartford crossing is closed for recovery of a broken down lorry.
“There are currently long delays of at least 60 minutes on approach along the M25 anti-clockwise. If this closure impacts on your planned route, please allow extra journey time.”
There are height restrictions within the tunnel being used.
Vehicles over 4.8m (15’9”) are advised “to seek an alternative route via the clockwise M25”.
Passengers on the main rail line from Scotland, northeast England and Yorkshire to London King’s Cross are facing delays after a train driver reported hitting an obstruction in the Hatfield area.
National Rail says: “Fleet engineers and the Network Rail quick response staff are on site and are working with the driver to get the train moving as quickly as possible.
“Only one out of two lines are available for trains travelling towards London. Please allow extra time to complete your journey, as services may be subject to delays of up to 20 minutes in the Hatfield area.
“In order to fix the issue safely, more lines will need to be blocked resulting in further delays.
“Some trains may also be diverted away from the area to avoid increased delays, but this will still lead to extended journey times.”
Delays on Croydon-Gatwick trains expected until 09.00
Trains between East Croydon and Gatwick Airport are currently being disrupted, with delays expected until at least 9am.
“There is a fault with the signalling system between Gatwick Airport and East Croydon. As a result of this, trains may be delayed by up to 10 minutes,” says a National Rail update.
Thameslink also tweeted about the delays, saying: “We are currently advising that you allow an additional 10 minutes for travel between Gatwick Airport and East Croydon (towards London). This is owing to a signalling fault affecting our fast ‘Quarry’ line between Earlswood and Coulsdon South.”
DRIVERS have been warned of mega queues this weekend, as 21million journeys will be made for Easter.
The RAC announced the first bank holiday of 2022 will be the busiest Easter on its records, which began in 2014.
The exodus comes as temperatures are set to soar to 21C, which will be even hotter than Barcelona. The holiday heat will also beat March 23 to become the hottest day of the year so far.
The motoring experts advised drivers to avoid peak travel times if they want to escape for weekend breaks or day trips.
Good Friday will be the busiest day of the weekend, with drivers planning around 4.62m separate leisure trips. Motorists should travel before 9am or after 1930 to beat the worst of the traffic.
Over the rest of the weekend, drivers should set off after 3pm on Saturday and Sunday to avoid queues. While on Monday, the second busiest day to travel, roads will be clearer before 10.30am and after 6.30pm.
The worst congestion is expected on the M6 north between Liverpool and the Lake District, south towards Stoke-on-Trent, the M25 between Surrey and the M40 exit, and the A303 near Stonehenge.
Drivers seeking the sea can also expect jams on major beach-ward roads like the M26 and M6 this weekend.
As well as planning a journey outside peak travel times, there’s another important thing drivers can do. To reduce queues on busy roads, motorists should ensure their vehicle is fully prepared before driving.
Breakdowns can be avoided if you check your oil and coolant levels in advance. Likewise, inflating a tyre properly could save you puncture and the traffic behind you stress.
Shockingly, only a fifth of drivers always check their cars are road-ready before a long journey, whereas over a third never do, according to the RAC’s research.
RAC traffic spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “The key to avoiding the worst of any jams is planning. Put simply, the earlier you leave in the morning the more likely you are to miss the worst of the queues, especially if you are travelling a longer distance.
“Although a fifth of drivers we polled said they were planning on driving shorter distances this Easter, specifically because of the extremely high cost of petrol and diesel at the moment.”
Ben Aldous from the Manchester-based RAC patrol said: “Put simply, a well-maintained car is much less likely to break down than one that hasn’t been looked after.
“So, if you have a big drive coming up and suspect something on your car’s not quite right then get it into a good garage as soon as you can this week.”
Railway closures could also put stress on the UK’s motorways. Engineering work between London and Birmingham might push more train travellers onto the roads.
Those making their way from Manchester and Liverpool to Wembley to watch the semi-final of the FA Cup on Saturday could be affected.
Rail strikes in Scotland and the north of England might worsen the weekend traffic as well.
To add to the chaos, Just Stop Oil has been protesting outside fuel stations.
Hundreds of petrol stations across the country are reportedly closed due to the shortages, with the worst-hit areas in the south of England.
However, retailers have reassured drivers to continue buying fuel as usual as there is no need to panic buy.
In this week’s Deep Dive, we’re taking a look at how
many people are out on the roads in our area, with gas prices high and spring
travel underway. News 12’s Kristie Reeter has more based off the Google
Map searches in the area.
In a News 12 poll, New Jersey residents were asked:
Do high gas prices have you rethinking spring and summer travel? In
the state, most said it’s not going to have an impact.
Through Google searches, we are able to track the
travel trends and Caleb Silver, with Investopedia, has been looking into
that. What are we seeing?
“All major counties Kristie in New Jersey still well below 2019 levels, 20% or
more,” says Silver. “It’s even worse if you look at Morris County down 27%,
Hudson County down 25.4%, Bergen down 24.8%, and Monmouth County down 24.6% so
we are not at full strength when it comes to commuting to work yet.”
What impact is high gas prices likely to have on spring and summer travel, and
what are we seeing already in terms of that?
“Also looking at Google
mobility we are looking at where folks are traveling to and from the mall or to
and from recreational areas,” says Silver. “It is improving a lot in New
Jersey, 120% so some improvement especially in the past few weeks, so maybe
folks are ready to get back out on the road as we go into spring and
Welcome to our traffic and travel live blog for Tuesday, April 5. In Plymouth there is disruption on the A38 heading westbound towards the Tamar Bridge, as well as northbound on Tavistock Road between Manadon Roundabout to Derriford Roundabout.
Those travelling to or away from the city via East Devon may want to keep an eye on some ongoing developments. The A303 faced some issues according to travel reporting website Inrix earlier, with a lorry breaking down near Marsh.
Meanwhile, on the A35, there are reports of overrunning roadworks. The scheduled work between New Road (Wilmington) to Offwell turn-off (Offwell) was due to complete at 7am but, according to Inrix, is still ongoing.
There have also been reports of a collision in Brighton, Cornwall. Traffic is reportedly coping well.
Stay tuned for all the latest traffic and travel news throughout the day. This is a live blog, follow for updates below.
Kent’s major roads are at a standstill as Operation Brock causes travel chaos across the county. This blog will look at the traffic on the M2/A2.
There are long delays and standstill traffic along most of M2 as the M20 eastbound remains closed to non-freight traffic to allow lorries to wait to go on the channel crossing. The delays are down to lorries being prevented from joining the current queue on the M20.
The delays are only affecting the coastbound road. The London bound roads on both the A2 and M20 are unaffected.