Monday, November 24, 2014

County OKs new stop signs

By The Herald Staff | 2/20/2013

A unanimous vote by the county board aimed to increase safety at one rural intersection.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday to install stop signs for eastbound and westbound traffic at the intersection of Reno and Utah roads, northeast of Ottawa.

The move did not come as the result of an unusual number of wrecks in recent years at that location, Jim Haag, county public works director, said. Rather, it was the calls of at least two concerned residents that prompted the sign installation request, he said.

“I see that it would be a significant improvement to public safety, and that’s what we’re all about,” Steve Harris, commission chairman, said before voting in favor of the sign installation. “I see this as a means of keeping our citizens safe.”

The intersection can be a precarious one at which to turn, Haag said, particularly during the growing season when tall crops block the view of motorists. A structure near the intersection also impedes visibility, Haag said.

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