Cerro Gordo supervisors approve DOT funding to straighten curve on county road north of Mason City

MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors today approved signing an agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation for funding from the DOT’s Traffic Safety Improvement Program to straighten out a curve on a county road just north of Mason City later this year.

County Engineer Brandon Billings says the project on B-20 just east of US Highway 65 will address the curve near Spring Park.  “It’s that curve that, the railroad bridge that has the height problem. You go around the curve, and then go around a real sharp curve and there’s some guard rail right next to the house. We’ve gotten all the railroad right-of-way, we have all the private right-of-way we needed, so now we can flatten that curve a bit and make that a little bit safer so that guard rail doesn’t get struck as often by people.”

The cost of the project is estimated to be $240,000, with the TSIP grant from the DOT being for $225,000. A project timetable has not yet been set.