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Safety improvements to local road sought

Drivers along Highway 3 east of Humboldt can’t help but look twice after noticing this stack of hay bales shaped and painted like a tractor, at the Jeff Haselhuhn residence. Humboldt Independent photo.

Renwick agribusinessman Harold Trask said he is as concerned as anyone about saving taxpayer money, but when improvements involved public safety issues, changes need to be made.
Trask spoke to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors Monday morning at the board’s regular weekly meeting. His concern was the safety of the intersection at County Roads C-54 and P-66 in southern Humboldt County.
Trask said his daughter-in-law, Gidget Trask, was involved in a T-bone collision at the intersection in April 2011, and a car-semi collision Friday at the intersection resulted in the death of a Bode man and injuries to a Fort Dodge driver.
“I know it’s not my responsibility or the county’s on how people drive, and I don’t want the county spending more money than it has to, but ask yourself if it was your wife, or son or daughter involved in a collision there, wouldn’t you want that intersection to be as safe as possible?” Trask asked.
Located two miles south of Thor, the intersection is not visually obstructed, and is clearly marked with a stop sign, but apparently it is an intersection that some people are not preparing to stop at.
Trask suggested rumble strips be placed on the road to alert drivers that a stop is ahead.
County Road C-54 ends at the intersection and continues westbound in Norway Township as county gravel road, 270th Street.
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