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Jones County Dangerous Intersection

The intersection of Old Dubuque Road and Highway 151 in Jones County has been too dangerous for too long. That’s, at least, what Jones County Sheriff Greg Graver believes. Graver tells our coverage partners, KCRG-TV, it’s not just local talk fueling that idea: So do the statistics. According to crash reports from the Iowa Department of Transportation, there were 39 crashes at the intersection from 2007 to 2017, two of which were fatal. Added to that number more recently was a third fatal crash on Nov. 6, 2019, in which a woman died after being hit by a semi-truck at the intersection. While Graver said driver error may contribute to some of the crashes, he points to the curved design of the road as another problematic factor. The sheriff argues that it’s time the intersection is shut down for good. Jones County Engineer Derek Snead agrees and said rerouting traffic in and out of Anamosa through a frontage road that runs alongside Highway 151 is the best option. The intersection is jointly owned by Jones County and the City of Anamosa, so the decision on whether or not to close or alter it is in the hands of the Jones County Board of Supervisors and the Anamosa City Council. There will be a public hearing tonight to discuss the intersection and its future. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Anamosa Public Library.

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