Floyd County, Iowa – A Floyd County intersection is getting a major face lift.
The Iowa Department of Transportation has announced the addition of offset right-hand turn lanes at Lancer Avenue and Highway 218. Offset right-hand turn lanes are similar in design to on/off exit ramps for overpasses.
David Little is the assistant engineer for district two in Mason City and says the design will clear up line of sight towards oncoming traffic.
According to the D-O-T’s crash analysis report, 21 accidents occurred between 2008 and 2017, one resulted in a fatality. The intersection ranks 105th on the state’s safety improvement intersection list. The Highway 218 and Floyd intersection has had 48 accidents in that same time period, with the same number of fatalities and doesn’t crack the top 200.
Little tells KHCA News that after reviewing the crash history, Lancer avenue is unique because crash severity is directly related to traffic volume.
David Wulff has spent hundreds of hours researching the intersection and talking with lawmakers trying to improve the intersection’s safety.
Wulff lost his mother and son in an October 2016 crash, he made a promise to his son to make the intersection safer for others.
The project is funded by a 250 thousand dollar grant which is available in July of 2019 when the IDOT will start letting the project.