Floyd, Iowa – State Rep. Todd Prichard of Charles City had some welcoming news regarding the dangerous Highway 18/218 intersection near Floyd.
Prichard posted on his Facebook page Tuesday that he received a letter from the Department of Transportation regarding immediate changes that will take place at the intersection.
Short Term changes include:
• Implement a regulatory speed limit reduction from 65 mph to 55 mph on mainline, install flags on speed limit signs
• Install speed reduction markings for mainline approaching the intersection
• Re-paint all existing stop bar markings at intersection (already completed).
• Evaluate the possibility to replace WATCH FOR CROSS TRAFFIC signs with intersection symbol warning signs
Long-Term changes include:
• Complete environmental study and proceed with the design phase of a project to construct an interchange. Current status is that the Environmental Assessment (EA) is completed. A required Public Hearing on the EA is scheduled for November 9, 2016 to be held at the Floyd Community Center. Following completion of the Public Hearing, including a required public input period, the DOT will seek from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) document, bringing the Environmental Study to a close; expected to be accomplished by Spring 2017.
• Begin design phase of the interchange project in 2017, with an anticipated 3-year duration.
• Subject to the Iowa Transportation Commission approval during the next program discussion