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Trail crossing safety before Tama Council

Signs, speed eyed on W. 13th Street following fatal mishap

October 19, 2012
By John Speer - Editor , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The fatal car-pedestrian accident on West 13th Street at the Tama-Toledo Recreation Trail crossing on Oct. 1, has prompted Tama city officials to call for traffic signs to promote safety in the area.

Mayor Dan Zimmerman recommended to city council members east-west stop signs on 13th Street on Sesame Drive, just east of the crossing. He also said extra 25 mile-per-hour speed limit signs should be placed along the stretch of roadway.

Tama Police have checked speeds there recently, Zimmerman said. He said one westbound vehicle was clocked at 67 mph in the 25 mph zone but could not be apprehended.

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The shows eastbound traffic labe at the South Tama Recreation Trail crossing on West 13th Street is not actually slowed from 55 mph to 25 mph until reaching a point east of the trail. Tama City Council members aim to correct this and make safety changes in the area at their Nov. 5 meeting.
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Tama Police Detective Kimberly Schwartz said a state trooper had also checked speeds there recently finding a number of vehicles speeding.

The 25 mph limit extends from 13th and Harding (U.S. Highway 63) west to the city limits. There it abruptly jumps from 25 to 55 mph.

Council member Mike Carnahan and Kenny McAdoo called for a gradual speed limit increase and decrease at the city limits.

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Contact with the Tama County Board of Supervisors to request the limit be gradually raised or warning signs be erected on E49 (old Highway 30) was suggested.

Schwartz was directed to bring any other police department recommendations for traffic control in Tama to be added to a new ordinance which will include West 13th Street to the Nov. 5 council meeting. She is to meet with Stuart Eisentrager, street commissioner, to discuss needed changes.

Ian McFate, 13, Toledo, died the next day after being struck by a vehicle. He was a member of the South Tama Middle School cross country team and was reported training with the team on the trail when crossing the street.

The Toledo City Council took similar action to shore up safety on West Ross Street at that trail crossing at their meeting on Oct. 8. The trail extends 6.2 miles from the Iowa River on the south side of Tama northward to the Toledo. City park area.



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