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Safety signs added at dangerous Springville intersection

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One of the most dangerous intersections in eastern Iowa has a new safety system.

The Iowa Department of Transportation just started using flashing lights at the crossing of Highway 151 and Springville Rd. on Oct. 8.

Amy Bartels has always traveled through the intersection of Springville Rd. and Highway 151.

But since February 4, 2009, the trip has brought painful memories of her husband Roger.

"I never go through this intersection without thinking about the day that my husband died and how dangerous it is," said Bartels.

On Roger's birthday Amy gathers with friends and family and releases balloons in her husband's memory.

She hopes to call attention to the dangerous intersection.

Her husband's fatal accident is just one of approximately 30 crashes since 2001.

"If you put a name and a face it makes it more personal and maybe people will listen to a person better than a statistic," said Bartels.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is listening.

Monday, officials turned on new flashing lights that tell cars on Springville Rd. when cross traffic on 151 is approaching.

"We're just trying to get those side road motorists more information about when vehicles are approaching," said Cathy Cutler, Transportation Planner.

The Iowa DOT spent just less than $50,000 on the system that officials say is a medium-term solution to a long-term problem.

The intersection is being studied, and is under consideration for an interchange to help cars get from one side of Springville Rd. to the other.

"They wouldn't interact at all with the 151 traffic and then entrance onto and off of 151 would be a ramp," said Cutler.

Bartels is an advocate for the interchange.

She feels it's the only solution to keep motorists safe.

Building an interchange at that intersection would cost several million dollars.

The Iowa DOT hopes to have an open house to discuss an interchange within the next six months.

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