Sunday, October 19, 2008

Iowa Tax Dollars At Work

On a recent trip to Northwest Iowa I was pleased to see our tax dollars at work! Not only was every mile conveniently marked with a sign, but each tenth of a mile was marked with a convenient marker. Thank goodness, we knew exactly where we were no matter how far between each mile we were. Can you imagine the emergency usefulness,
Me (in an emergency):"Yes 911, we have a problem."
Dispatches: "Ma'am, be calm, where are you?"
Me: "Well, I'm not sure, somewhere on I-20 I, wait, looks like mile marker 221."
Dispatcher: "That's a long stretch of road, Ma'am. How do you expect us to find you in that mile?
Me: "Oh wait, it says 221.2."
Dispatcher: "Okay, we'll be there."

(Click on the pictures to enlarge them so you can actually see the mile markers)


shawn said...

It's not just an Iowa thing.. In Minneapolis they have that too.. on I35W into Downtown.. I guess, like you said, if you get into an accident, saying you are by the Lake Street exit isn't enough... you would say, I am at mile marker.. 7.3 (or what ever it is..)Funny, I never noticed that in Iowa before.. Will have to watch for it at Thanksgiving time...

brenna said...

That is very nice of them...