Resident looks to slow drivers on ‘hazardous’ stretch

Kirstan Condit said there’s been plenty of close calls with accidents near her driveway on 2322 W. Main St. Rd., just west of Marshalltown.

On Sept. 16, she said it got worse than that.

An accident occurred as David Sanderson was pulling into Condit’s driveway, causing severe damage to the vehicles but not serious injuries. There were other factors involved in this accident as the other driver, Rogelio Minjares-Simental, was cited for operating while intoxicated when his vehicle ran into Sanderson’s vehicle.

“It was amazing nobody was hurt,” Condit said.

Condit has approached Marshall County to try to get the speed limit lowered or place limited sight warning signs on the stretch. Her driveway is located right before the crest of a hill, which limits the sight distance for drivers. There are also other driveways in the area where sight is limited.

“What we know living here is that is a hazardous spot,” Condit said. “We have hidden driveways there and are very concerned that it is hazardous for everyone.”

She requested the speed limit be reduced from 55 miles an hour to 45 miles an hour on this stretch of Main Street Road.

“Our family has personally had a couple of close calls there,” Condit said.

County Engineer Paul Geilenfeldt said they will take a look at that area and there is a possibility the 45 mph speed limit in place when Main Street hits Marshalltown city limits could be extended west to this area of the road. Currently the speed limit is 55 mph west of Highland Acres Road on Main Street Road.

Geilenfeldt said he welcomes concerns from county residents who say they have had close calls with accidents.

“We don’t have any way of tracking close calls,” Geilenfeldt said. “The only way we hear about close calls is by residents letting me know.”