May 21, 2024

Temporary stop signs to be placed at intersections near Monroe and Reasnor

County engineer says 8 intersections are seeing heavy traffic due to Hwy 14 construction

Several intersections around the Monroe and Reasnor areas will be installed with temporary stop signs, and Jasper County Engineer Michael Frietsch says it is largely due to the Highway 14 construction diverting traffic to other roads.

Several temporary stop signs were approved by the Jasper County Board of Supervisors on April 16 and will be placed on various intersections around the Monroe and Reasnor areas. Jasper County Engineer Michael Frietsch suggested the signs are a result of the current construction along Highway 14.

The following intersections will have temporary stop signs installed:

• Rosebud Avenue and South 112th Avenue West

• West 24th Street South and South 104th Avenue West

• West 16th Street South and South 104th Avenue West

• West 16th Street South and South 96th Avenue West

• West Eighth Street South and Rodeo Avenue West

• West Eighth Street South and South 112th Avenue West

• West Eighth Street South and South 104th Avenue West

• South 104th Avenue West and Rifle Street

“These roads are receiving heavy amounts of traffic now that Iowa (Highway) 14 South is closed,” Frietsch said. “…A lot of these roads are hilly, the sight distance is marginal. So between sight distance concerns and increased traffic on these roads it kind of warrants at least doing some all stop controls.”

Frietsch estimated the stop signs would persist until the work on Highway 14 is completed and traffic returns back to historical trends. Any intersections that may need permanent stop signs afterward will be brought to the board of supervisors in a separate action.

Supervisor Denny Stevenson consulted with county attorney Scott Nicholson about the technicalities of the board action. The temporary stop signs were presented as a resolution, but he worried it may take an ordinance in order for law enforcement to write tickets for drivers who fail to stop at the intersections.

“Ordinances are permanent,” Nicholson said. “I think you can do this by resolution, yes. And because it’s temporary I think resolution is even a better fit.”

Christopher Braunschweig

Christopher Braunschweig

Christopher Braunschweig has a strong passion for community journalism and covers city council, school board, politics and general news in Newton, Iowa and Jasper County.