Northeast Iowa county roads causing headaches for motorists, road crews

Charles City, Iowa – County road conditions in Northeast Iowa are causing headaches not only for the motorists who travel them but for crews who maintain them.

Floyd and Chickasaw Engineer Dusty Rolando is asking for Mother Nature’s cooperation to help restore roads.

He says cooler temperatures and above normal precipitation are leaving roads difficult to work with.


Some roads have humps in places forcing motorists to drive around them.

According to Rolando, those are called frost boils.


He says with producers traveling the roads with heavy equipment it causes the frost boils to open up.


Warmer temperatures, sun and wind help push the frost out of the ground and allow the frost boils to disappear, according to Rolando.

Courtesy photo. Road grader stuck in Northwest Iowa.

The forecast doesn’t look promising with temperatures in the 60s with rain and even snow in the forecast.

He says this is one of the worst years he’s seen in his two-decades on the job.


He says residents need to remain patient over the next several weeks as they repair roads.


If you have questions contact the engineer’s office:

Floyd County: 641-257-6151

Chickasaw County: 641-394-2321


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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