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April 5, 2018 Wellman council discusses slowing traffic in downtown
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The city of Wellman is looking for ways to slow downtown traffic.

The problem spot, pointed out by City Council members, is the intersection of Eighth Avenue and Third Street.

The council had previously discussed placing a stop sign at the intersection.

“The street is so wide, you’ll have to put up something like we have (at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and Second Street),” Councilman Tracy Owens said.

City Administrator Kelly Litwiller said she presented the idea of a stop sign to HR Green, the firm that handles the city’s engineering, who said that a stop sign at the intersection would not be a good way to slow traffic.

“They weren’t necessarily against it,” Litwiller said. “They just said if we’re looking to slow traffic, that is probably not the best way to go about it because people will accelerate after they stop.”

She added that the firm suggested conducting a study to find the best remedy.

“It will cost $1,000 just to have someone come take a look at it,” Litwiller said.

She referred to an old traffic study which recommended installing crosswalks at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and Third Street.

Handicap accessible slopes would have to be added to the sidewalks at the intersection in order to install the crosswalks.

“Having a pedestrian crossing makes a lot more sense,” Councilman Bob Goodrich said.

Owens agreed, saying, “I’d rather spend the money putting in handicap spots and a crosswalk than on a traffic study.”

Litwiller said she would bring the old study to the April 16 meeting for city council members to review.

The council also rejected a proposed traffic speed sign that would be placed on Highway 22 because of Iowa Department of Transportation restrictions.

Litwiller said that if the speed sign were placed on a state roadway, it would not be allowed to flash a vehicle’s speed.

Council members agreed that without that option, a sign that just showed the speed limit would not be a deterrent to speeders on the highway.

The $6,000 price tag of the sign would not include the gathering of any traffic data.

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