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Kalona Seeking Speed Reduction for Portion of Highway 1

Posted: Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at 6:23 am
Author: KCII News - Nathan Swenson

Kalona’s plan for Highway 1 at the Harvest Hill Subdivision is being forwarded to the Iowa Department of Transportation for their consideration. With a new Dollar General store in the works, the City wants to make changes to avoid traffic problems motorists turning off of Highway 1 into the subdivision might cause.

Mayor Ken Herington says at this week’s meeting, the council supported lowering the speed limit and adding flashing signs indicating there’s a turn.

Herington says the city may end up being responsible for the cost of the flashing signs. They cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000. He says they want to make that area as safe as possible, without putting in a turn lane. The projected cost for one of those is $500,000.