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Police urge safety following Argyle Road accidents

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It's curvy, filled with hills and residents say Argyle Road in Lee County is filled with speeders.

More traffic is expected on that road in the coming days because MoDot expects to close US 61 near Alexandria because of flooding.

Argyle Road runs from Route 27 to Highway 61 just north of Keokuk.

Residents who live on the road say the road is typically quiet until 61 shuts down and then it looks like a major highway with vehicles speeding by.

There have been at least two serious accidents on Argyle Road that happened within days of each other in early June.

Vernon Thompson lives along the road and says vehicles are always speeding past his home.

"It don't surprise me a bit. It's terrible that we've had these accidents," said Thompson.

He says when Highway 61 is closed, the Argyle Road turns into a traffic nightmare.

"Trucks, trucks, trucks and a lot of cars and it's just constant," said Thompson.

Patricia Spiker lives near the scene of where one of the accidents and says people blatantly ignore the speed limits.

"They go awful fast and it's dangerous when they pass," said Spiker.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Sholl says the increased traffic mixed with the layout of the road can be dangerous.

"A lot of curves. A few hills. A curve on a hill approaching a bridge," said Sholl.

Sholl urges drivers to be extra careful when taking the detour.

"People need to use due caution especially when they're going to be in a little bit more of a hurry when the detour has added minutes to their drive," said Sholl.

Thompson says he would like to see more warning signs to help prevent accidents because drivers may not be familiar with the road's layout.

"People go too fast. It's a fifty five mile an hour. They ought to go about forty five, but they come through here about seventy mile an hour all the time," said Thompson.

 

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