Storm Lake City Administrator John Call met with Iowa Department of Transportation officials Thursday, but the talks have not yet paved the way for the reconstruction of North Lake Avenue that the city desires.
"We both agreed that something has to be done, and that we can't wait for another two years of talking to get started," Call said. "The question now is whether it will be a state or a city project."
The state continues to want the city to assume ownership of the street, which has belonged to the state as part of the former Highway 71 corridor prior to construction of a bypass. City officials have refused to accept the street due to the deteriorated condition and the potential for major expense to upgrade it.
The potholes were blamed for a two-car collision last weekend, and yesterday afternoon, cones and barriers were set up blocking off traffic in both outside lanes.
The DOT plans only an overlay of North Lake Avenue if it does the project, Call said. While this is a change from earlier DOT plans that called for only routine pothole-filling, city officials feel than an overlay based on the deteriorated roadbed would not be adequate or a long-term solution, Call said.
Read the rest of this story in the 3/17 Pilot Tribune.