A busy Huxley intersection is being revamped with a stoplight.
The new stoplight is being installed at the intersection of U.S. Highway 69 and South First Street, a location that carries average traffic of around 7,000 motorists per day, as well as bicycles and pedestrians from the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail. Those traveling between Cambridge and Slater often pass through the intersection as well.
"We have a lot of traffic in that area," said Huxley City Administrator John Haldeman. "There’s heavy school traffic, plus the pedestrian traffic, and the trail goes through there. It’s also a primary connection point between Cambridge and Slater."
Many commuters pass through Huxley on their way to Ames or Ankeny, making the town’s traffic needs greater than most cities of Huxley’s size — approximately 3,400 residents.
The new stoplight will be Huxley’s third, joining one at Main Avenue and Highway 69 and another at the intersection of Highway 69 and Centennial Drive.
The project’s total costs are estimated to be around $615,000. Huxley will receive $200,000 from the Urban-State Traffic Engineering Program, or U-STEP, to go toward the project.
Haldeman says there have been some delays, but traffic has been able to move through the area with little difficulty.
"It should be done by the start of the school year if Mother Nature cooperates," said Haldeman. "We wanted to get it done ahead of that and Prairie Fest."