Charles City, Iowa – The Floyd County Supervisors agreed to write and send a letter to the Iowa Department of Transportation reminding them to fix the deadly intersection at Highway 18 and Lancer Avenue. The Iowa Department of Roads is looking at a a deadly intersection on Highway 18 at Lancer Avenue. County Supervisor Linda Tjaden says something needs to happen.
The Iowa DOT studied the safety of the intersection and suggested several improvements:
- Add “Recheck Cross Traffic” signs
- Consider adding yield lines with the medial “Yield” signs to help drivers see they may need to yield to cross traffic
- Add reflective red or white post strips to “Stop” and “Yield” signs
- Sight distance studies
- Speed Studies
- Add offset right and/or left lanes on U.S 18
- Add the Intersection Conflict Warning System
- Consider squaring up the intersection and removing the “pork chop” islands to provide right-turning traffic from Lancer Avenue
- Perform shoulder maintenance
- Re-mill the three sets of rumble strips
- The destination light in the southeast corner could be expanded to a larger size to increase illumination
- Relocate the utility pole to the southeast corner
Long term, the DOT may consider alternate designs for this intersection. Most of the suggestions wouldn’t cost very much, but some, like adding the right and left lanes, could cost close to $200,000. Currently, there are no plans adding any of the DOT suggestions. Stay tuned to 95.9 FM KCHA and www.kchanews.com as this is a developing story.