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Round-a-Bout Among Options Being Explored for Safety Improvements at North Y in Spencer

April 21, 2022 11:30am

Some major changes could be coming to a dangerous intersection on the north side of Spencer.

Dakin Schultz, a district transportation planner with the Iowa Department of Transportation, says they’ve been in talks with city and county officials about several possible options for the north intersection of U.S. Highways 71 and 18, or the North Y. He says one of those involves a round-a-bout…(audio clip below  :29 )

Schultz outlines some of the other options on the table…(audio clip below  :57 )


Schultz says for now they’re waiting to hear from Spencer officials on what option they would prefer. Schultz says any construction would be at least five years out.

Changes were made to the intersection in 2015 and again in 2016, but accidents, some of them bad, have continued there.

(courtesy KUOO in Spirit Lake)