B-24 temporarily closing for improvements

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A stretch of Clay County Road B-24/West Fourth Street, from the west side of Riverside Cemetery to Clay County Road M-38 will be closed for improvements starting July 18. The project is a joint effort from both Clay County and the city of Spencer, and will include shoulder paving and added rumble strips. West of the project is part of the RAGBRAI route, however information provided by Spencer Public Works representatives noted that the closed portion of the road will not affect RAGBRAI riders. The improvements are designed to improve road safety and reduce the possibility for accidents.

“If you’ve got a lot of traffic out there, and it’s a safety improvement, usually what they look out for is if they have an edge drop-off. If the car goes off of the white edge line and corrects, sometime that wheel gets caught on that drop-off and it puts them into over-correcting,” Clay County Engineer Bill Rabenberg said. “There is safety money out there for trying to combat that edge drop-off. I came from Minnesota and no matter what your state is, the feds are looking at the causes of accidents — like being run off the road — and looking at safety improvements. Shoulder paving is one of those that they’re looking at.”

“The paved shoulders with rumble strips will provide an additional level of safety, and I think also it will assist with distracted drivers,” said Mark White, Spencer Public Works director.

Once work begins on the roadway, the project is expected to be completed in approximately three weeks.

“It’s weather dependent,” Rabenberg said. “If the weather cooperates, that’s the time frame we’re anticipating.”

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