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Dangerous Dyersville Intersection


Dyersville city leaders are concerned after a notoriously dangerous and deadly intersection proved its reputation once again.

Sunday afternoon, a two-car crash sent four people to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque. As of Monday afternoon, two had been treated and released, and the other two were in fair and good condition.

The intersection is at Highway 20 and Seventh Street Southwest.

In 2009, the Iowa Department of Transportation named it one of the state's most dangerous intersections. Since 1999, eight people have died as a result of fatal accidents at that crossing.

The most recent death was in June 2010, one day after the Iowa DOT installed safety signals to alert drivers crossing Highway 20 of oncoming traffic.

There was another crash in October 2010 that was not fatal.

Dyersville mayor Jim Heavens and other city leaders took the list of eight people who had died in crashes to the Iowa DOT in Cedar Rapids on April 12. They also took a video the Dyersville Economic Development Corporation had commissioned, capturing the constant buzz of traffic at Highway 20 and Seventh Street Southwest.

"The result of all those discussions just sort of gravitated back toward the fact that we need to get an overpass there and just close the intersection off," Heavens said.

Dyersville acting chief of police Brent Schroeder said there are multiple safety concerns at the crossing.

"Some of the concerns at that intersection are angle of the sun, both in the morning and the afternoon," Schroeder said. "There's always the issue of texting and cell phone calls, just the distractions, trying to eat while you're driving, and then there's just the fact that people get into a rush and don't take the time at that intersection."

Heavens said the risk is only going to increase if something is not done.

"There's a lot of new houses in the area. FarmTek is building a big addition onto their business, with a lot more employees, and then the West Dubuque School District is building the new school in Dyersville right next to that intersection," Heavens said.

The city's goal is to get the overpass project on the Iowa DOT's five-year transportation improvement plan.

Calls Monday to the Iowa DOT were not returned or the person was not available that day for an interview.

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