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LINN COUNTY (KWWL) - An eastern Iowa woman is demanding even more to be done after her  husband was killed in a car crash in 2009 along Highway 151 in Springville. 

After nearly 6 years the emotions for Amy Bartels are still raw.

"He was dead right there on the road, it was like the worst day in my life," said Bartels.

Her husband was killed on his way to work at the Highway 151 and Springville Road intersection, near Springville.

That intersection is just one of three intersections across eastern Iowa where the Iowa Department of Transportation installed Intersection Conflict Warning Systems (ICWS), which are static warning lights.

The ICWS were installed and inspired by the death of Bartels' husband.

The other two locations the ICWS are in place are along Highway 151 in Anamosa and near Dyersville on Highway 20.

Bartels say's the flashing lights are not enough because she's witnessed several other intersection accidents along Highway 151.

However, Iowa DOT transportations planner, Cathy Cutler says fatal crashes have been down in areas where the ICWS were installed, in fact she say the Linn County Sheriff's Office and drivers say they've seen the improvement.

"Since [the flashing lights] went in, in 2013 we haven't had any fatal crashes which is our most severe type of crash," said Cutler.

Even though the DOT says the lights are working, Bartles is still pushing for a safer alternative.

"An interchange or overpass where you merge on and off of the traffic instead of pulling out in front of it," said Bartles.

Cutler says the DOT continues to look into the severity and frequency of accidents happening near the Springville intersection and others across eastern Iowa.

She says that investigation determines when they start looking at other alternatives in solving constant crashes in specific highway intersections. 

She says although an interchange or overpass could be a possibility, the cost is not cheap.

"We can't really fix every type of accidents out there, but this is just another tool to help the side road traffic know they need to wait for the highway traffic to clear, then they can cross safely," said Cutler.

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