I work in the construction department of the Department of Transportation, so we get the plans when they've been designed and they're ready to be constructed.
We have a contractor who does the actual construction. We oversee the project to make sure it's done according to the D.O.T.'s plans and specifications. That's what we're doing now. We're getting ready for the construction of the highway.
While I was going to college at Iowa State, I worked summers out here, so the first summer, yes, I did feel uneasy being around the equipment and so forth, but as I became more familiar with things, it's just like anything else... I felt more comfortable.
The survey crew is here today because we're getting close to paving this stretch of highway.
They're setting the final paving hubs so the contractor knows exactly where to put the pavement.
We're on U.S. Highway 30. This project is approximately five miles long. We already have a two-lane piece of highway through here. What we're adding is another two lanes, so when we're finished, we'll have four lanes, two lanes in each direction.
You not only get to see the project being built, but also the finished project. When it's finally opened up to traffic is the exciting part. When it's all finished, everything is done, we open it up, and you see cars drive on it. That's very exciting to me.