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Tama Mayor reports another call for sidewalk safety

February 24, 2013
By John Speer - Editor , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama Mayor Dan Zimmerman told the city council Monday night a citizen had approached him about extending the sidewalk running parallel to U.S. Highway 63 North (Harding Street.)

Zimmerman said reports continue of pedestrians walking in the roadway along the stretch.

A study done last year under the leadership of Tama County Public Health and Home Care called for development of a sidewalk to connect portions of those in Tama and Toledo.

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The line of plowed snow in this view looking south approximates the location of a sidewalk extension in front of South Tama County High School which has been proposed as a possible solution to safety concerns along the route by Tama Mayor Dan Zimmerman.
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Council members directed Zimmerman to obtain a cost estimate from a local contractor for the work.

The mayor said he believed extending the sidewalk from the south drive at South Tama High School northward to the city limits would be best.

Council member Robert Tyynismaa noted the crossing in Toledo at Summit Street and U.S. 63( South County Road) had a button for at least pedestrians to signal to cross Summit Street. He said persons walking would have to choose some route if they wanted to cross the roadway and this might be the safest if the signals would stop traffic there.

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It was noted the plan would likely need the Toledo City Council to approve extending a sidewalk from Summit Street south to the proposed Tama sidewalk along the west side of the highway. Toledo currently has sidewalk running on the east side of U.S. 63 which extends south to near the Tama city limits line.

Officials said they believed federal Safe Routes to Schools funding for such projects was no longer available.



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