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State grant aims to help intersection in Keokuk

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Truck making a turn from Main to 7th Street. Truck making a turn from Main to 7th Street.
Trucks don't have enough room next to the sidewalks. Trucks don't have enough room next to the sidewalks.
People walking across Main Street to get to their destination. People walking across Main Street to get to their destination.
Image of work needed to be done to make 7th and Main safer. Image of work needed to be done to make 7th and Main safer.
Multiple trucks driving up and down Main St. Multiple trucks driving up and down Main St.
KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

Safer sidewalks is the plan that the city of Keokuk has on its radar at one of the busiest intersections in town.

The city sent a grant application to Iowa DOT to fix the sidewalks at 7th and Main streets. 

The city said the goal is to create safer sidewalks while also helping out the truck drivers who use the road on a daily basis. 

Delivery trucks turning off and on Main Street happens regularly in downtown Keokuk, but it's also been an issue. 

"We have a trucking company and this has always been a problem intersection because of the width and the oncoming traffic,"  John Filkins, Safe Transport, W.L. Miller Co. in Hamilton, Illinois said. 

Dianne Stanley is a regular at this intersection, she said she sees a lot of problems for truck drivers.
 
"I think that they need to make it easier for trucks to turn on the corner," Stanley said. "I frequently am at this corner, since I take care of these flowers." 

Now because the city owns land next to the intersection on both sides, they want to take the sidewalk and move it back a few feet in order to make more room for trucks as they come around the corner. It will also make it safer for pedestrians, as they walk across the street. 

"Yeah, 20 feet would make a world of difference as far as pulling on to Main Street," Filkins said.  

The city hopes to pay for the project with a Transportation Safety Improvement Program, through Iowa DOT for a little over $370,000. The city approved the application at the last council meeting and now a state commission will decide on whether to fund all or part of the project. 

"Anything that deals with traffic and interstate commerce going through the city is important," Stanley said.

The city also applied for grants on three other streets off of Main Street to help with traffic signals and traffic stops. They hope to hear back from the state in a few months.  

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