City Manager Says Intersection Safety A Priority In Highway 18 Improvements
Date posted - June 12, 2012
Sheldon, Iowa — KIWA has been running a poll on our website at kiwaradio.com trying to ascertain which intersection the public perceives to be the most dangerous intersection in Sheldon. By an overwhelming majority — 71.92%, the people that have been answering the poll feel that Highway 18 and Country Club Road is the most dangerous intersection in town.
However, talking to City Manager Scott Wynja, we have found out that the intersection that actually IS the most dangerous in town is the one that is in second place on the poll, Highway 18 and Washington Avenue. Just over 15 percent of poll responders think that intersection is Sheldon’s most dangerous.
Wynja says the DOT has a way of using several factors to determine how dangerous an intersection is.
As far as cost share, Wynja says that if the improvement of the road is needed, due to something the city has done, like economic development, they city pays most of that. If it’s an improvement to the Highway in general, to help people get from point A to point B, that’s more the DOT’s responsibility.
Wynja also says they did a study of the highway from Old 60, out past new 60, and due to that, there are some big changes in store for Highway 18 through Sheldon.
He says going to one lane in each direction with a center turning lane is a big improvement from a safety standpoint.
Wynja says there is some money available for safety improvements.
Wynja says sometimes they get asked about traffic signals and why they aren’t used. He says that’s all up to the DOT. He says they can suggest traffic lights, but the DOT may have data that for some reason says that traffic lights would actually be more dangerous in that area. He says that means even if the city would foot the whole bill for the traffic lights, they still would not be allowed to put them in if the DOT said “no”.
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