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Highway 20 interchange in Dyersville now open in hopes of eliminating fatal crashes

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DYERSVILLE (KWWL) -

After several months of construction, the Highway 20 interchange in Dyersville is now open.

The goal is to make the area safe, especially the intersection of 7th street southwest and Highway 20.

People who live nearby say it was a very dangerous intersection. One family told KWWL, they're aware of at least seven fatal crashes.

Over the years, the Iowa DOT made some changes in hopes of improving this. "We've made several improvements to that intersection, turn lanes, stop bars, flashing lights, cautionary speed limits...nothing seemed to make a difference in our crash rate there," said Sam Shea, district planner for Iowa's DOT.

Instead of crossing high speed traffic to get on the highway, drivers will now use ramps to get on or off. 

The hope is, the interchange will save lives. "The hope is that without those T-bones and head-on collisions, everyone will be merging at a ramp that it will lead to maybe, the worst case scenario...side swipes and rear-ends and hopefully that stops all fatalities," Shea added.

The gets lots of traffic from semis because of industrial plants nearby. Dyersville Elementary School also right by the dangerous intersection.

People there say, they're happy it's now closed.

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