Highway 14 Project to begin May 4

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The reduction of Highway 14 through Knoxville to three lanes is expected to begin Monday, May 4.

Work will begin at the south end, near Weiler. The contractor has 140 working days to complete the project.

As previously reported by the Marion County Tribune, the DOT performed a traffic safety study for the City and suggested that Highway 14 be reduced to three lanes; one northbound, one southbound and a turning lane in the middle. Lanes are expected to stay the same width and the City would not mark any bicycle lanes. Adams said if experienced bike riders who felt comfortable riding on the shoulders of the remarked highway would be allowed, but not encouraged.

“Everyone who looks at it has said Highway 14 is a textbook case for road diet,” Adams said in August 2018. “Road diet” is the term for the lane reduction. “Ninety-one communities in Iowa have gone through this process successfully. There is a body of research to show that it does not increase traffic time.”