OTTUMWA — The county had hoped to avoid a closure of Lake Road during road work, but wasn’t able to do so given the project’s needs. The closure and detour were announced last week, but now there’s another issue: drivers.
Supervisor Jerry Parker said he is getting calls from people along Point Isabelle Road about concerns people aren’t stopping at intersections, raising the risk of collisions.
“Some people are not stopping there at all, and I’m getting some calls [with] the increased traffic there,” he said.
The hope is to reopen Lake Road to traffic before the project is completed, but that’s not guaranteed. In the meantime the county wants to ensure the detour itself doesn’t lead to serious crashes.
Supervisors asked County Engineer Jeff Skalberg whether flags or additional items designed to draw people’s attention to the stop signs might be an option.
“I can see what I can do,” Skalberg said.
Tuesday’s meeting involved mopping up several items covered at prior sessions, including resolutions on the county courthouse’s exit sign project and a resolution formally establishing fees for the use of ATVs on county roads.
The sign project is part of a series of safety improvements. It doesn’t come cheap. Installation of 25 lit signs and other equipment comes to $19,900.
The ATV fees were set at $25 annually beginning in January 2020. There is an incentive to get the permits ahead of time. People who purchase permits between July 1, 2019 and the end of this year can pay an additional $5 for a permit that covers them through the end of 2020.