July 18, 2024

County changes speed limit on Old 34

Afton City Council has asked Union County Board of Supervisors to consider lowering the speed limit on Old Highway (pictured above) because of increased pedestrian traffic.

Union County Board of Supervisors Monday approved lowering the speed limit on a portion of Old Highway 34.

County Engineer Christian Boehmer told the board because of the new county park in the area and the popularity of the road, he suggested lowering the speed limit to 35 mph for a 1.2 mile section. The speed limit was 45 mph. Boehmer said he was told of the suggestion by the Afton Development Corporation.

Signs will be posted at the intersection of 2 Lakes Drive, Old Highway 34 and U.S. Highway 34. 2 Lakes Drive Road is north of U.S. Highway 34. Old Highway 34 is south of Highway 34.

Boehmer said there is no significant crash history on the section of Old Highway 34. He knows the popularity of bicycle riders on the road and the park’s use are expected to increase traffic flow. According to Boehmer’s research, the road averages 220 cars a day. Union County Conservation has future plans to add and enhance park amenities. Boehmer said marking the section of road in the future for bicycle riders will be considered.

Union County Conservation Board held the grand opening of the Paul and Becky Kelley Family Natural Wilderness Area last October, located 2 miles west of Afton. The main entrance is at the corner of U.S. Highway 34 and old Highway 34. The park’s address is 2274 Highway 34.

In other county news...

Supervisors approved a Bible reading on the courthouse lawn beginning at 7:14 a.m. Sunday, July 14. Readings have been done in past years.

Veterans Affairs board members Gary Riley and John Parkins’ terms expire this month and both have requested to be reappointed for three-year terms. Supervisors approved the request. Members of the board are appointed by the county.

John Van Nostrand

JOHN VAN NOSTRAND

An Iowa native, John's newspaper career has mostly been in small-town weeklies from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River. He first stint in Creston was from 2002 to 2005.