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School superintendent would like slower speeds on Hwy. 169 entering Humboldt

Grading work, sewer and water line installation is well underway at the Eagle Ridge housing development in southwest Humboldt. Humboldt Independent photo.

The Humboldt School Board and the Humboldt City Council are still concerned about safety issues in and around the access to the new middle school at Wildcat Road and Highway 169 in town.
While it was agreed that improvements have been made, the belief of both entities is that more can be done, assuming some cooperation and further study by the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT).
“I’ve heard lots of discussion after Walt’s letter (in the paper). Now, I’m wondering if a traffic light is such a good idea or not,” Council member Steve Boomgarden said.
Humboldt School Superintendent Greg Darling seemed agreeable that perhaps traffic signals could increase the danger for pedestrians, but he emphasized the school would like to see speeds reduced approaching the intersection, particularly from traffic coming from Highway 169 South, into Humboldt.
“The school board would like to look at more data. The DOT says that the stop signs are safer than stop lights. There are pros and cons. What we really want to think about is the safety factor. Our crossing guard almost got hit (by a truck). We want to continue discussions and would really like to look at the speed there (on Highway 169),” Darling said.
Humboldt City Administrator Aaron Burnett agreed, and said more information is needed to make a sound decision. Read more about the Humboldt City Council meeting in this week's Independent.