Carroll city officials are expecting an Iowa Department of Transportation study on traffic safety that will help guide redevelopment of the former Casey’s General Store property. This photo is taken from the old Casey’s site looking northeast to the intersection of U.S. 30 and Grant Road, which the city intends to make safer with the available land now in play.
Carroll city officials are expecting an Iowa Department of Transportation study on traffic safety that will help guide redevelopment of the former Casey’s General Store property. This photo is taken from the old Casey’s site looking northeast to the intersection of U.S. 30 and Grant Road, which the city intends to make safer with the available land now in play.
June 11, 2013



Safety enhancement at an historically troubled intersection is the priority of city leaders as the former Casey's General Store near U.S. 30 and Grant Road is repurposed.

Beyond that, the transformed area could involve city beautification with an entry feature or a retail development, possibly a stand-alone venture or a project connected to development to the south.

"That's a decision that will come," said City Public Works Director Randy Krauel. "There are all kinds of proposals."

The Carroll City Council Monday took another step with work on the intersection as Vonnahme Construction of Carroll won the contract for removal of concrete at the former Casey's site. The city will pay Vonnahme $4,670 to remove the concrete, a process that is expected to take place in weeks and require about two days to complete, Krauel said.

Council members earlier approved a $6,545 bid for the sale of the former Casey's building to Carroll resident Don Kitt, the lone bidder for the building. The bid did not include any land.

The city purchased the land and building associated with the former Casey's for $160,000 from the chain in late 2011. The city is working with the Iowa Department of Transportation on traffic-safety improvement plans for the U.S. Highway 30/Grant Road intersection. The council ranked the work as a priority during an August planning session.

Krauel said he expects the DOT study to be finalized for council review this summer. At that point, the city can determine whether additional right-of-way will be needed from property owners to the east of Grant Road for safety upgrades.

"We really don't know at this point what the right-of-way needs will be," Krauel said.

At a minimum, Krauel said, he would like to see left-turn lanes from U.S. 30 to Grant Road. The south turn to Grant Road from traffic heading west on U.S. 30 is one area of concern, as it is likely the most dangerous driving move in Carroll, Krauel said.

"It probably is based on the configuration of the intersection and the volume of traffic there," Krauel said.

Right-turn lanes could be included as part of the project as well.

The project is expected to involve a mix of federal, state and local dollars. Krauel estimates the traffic-safety enhancement could be complete in the fall of 2015 or into 2016.