Members of the Storm Lake City Council took a field trip at the end of yesterday's council meeting to get a firsthand look at the proposed site for two more mini-arches at an entrance of Buena Vista University.
BVU is proposing to construct two brick arches at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and College Avenue to greet visitors to campus. The arches would be located at the southwest and northwest corners.
The arches would be identical to the ones constructed along Grand Avenue south of the Iowa Street intersection last year.
However, at least one of the arches raises some concerns over visibility for drivers, said City Engineer Jim Winterton.
The city's traffic safety team has reviewed BVU's request. The safety team was asking the city council for input before drawing up a draft agreement on the proposal for the council's approval.
Winterton said the arch on the southwest corner will restrict visibility even more for motorists. One tree there already restricts traffic visibility significantly, he said. The landowner on that corner does not want that tree removed, Winterton said. There is some question over over who owns the property where the tree is rooted.
He said the traffic safety team requested that intersection be a four-way stop in the past.
"Due to safety reasons, the traffic safety team would hesitate adding to the visibility restriction at the southwest corner without further control of the intersection," he said.
Police records indicate there have been no recent accidents at that intersection, Winterton said.
Randy Fehr, vice-president of business services at BVU, wrote in a letter to the council that the school would support a four-way stop at that intersection.
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