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Latest accident reminder of Springville intersection dangers

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An accident Sunday that sent three to the hospital in Springville was the latest of many at a problematic intersection.  It appears there's still a long road to any high-impact solution.

Those who make frequent trips along Highway 151 through Springville are all too familiar with the potential perils.

"As far as this area, it's probably one of the worst," said Darrin Glover, a truck driver from Cedar Rapids.

So what separates this crossing from others of its kind?

65 mile per hour speeds, limited sight lines, and traffic coming from all directions make this intersection a recipe for disaster.

Since Highway 151 went to four lanes, the intersection has seen multiple wrecks, a few which have been fatal.

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"It's almost always the side road traffic, not yielding to 151 traffic," said Cathy Cutler, transportation planner with the Iowa Department of Transportation.

The Department of Transportation had proposed replacing the intersection with a j-turn scenario that would eliminate left hand turns across the four lane highway.

The idea however, was perceived by the Springville community as experimental and shot down.

Since then, it's been back to the drawing board.  Officials will add signs in September to help.  They're also looking at widening the median.

But the most effective measure is still years away.  Officials are looking into replacing the intersection with an interchange, but that option is still in its infancy stages.

That's the most expensive and most impactive to the area, so that will take awhile to develop," Cutler said.

 

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