AMES, Iowa- The City Council has been weighing what to do about South Duff Avenue. The council was approached by a developer to put a new commercial project on Duff on the site of the former Happy Joe’s Pizza.
The project is also directly across from the Duff Ave. entrance to Wal-Mart.
This adding of traffic has raised the need for an additional stop light at that spot. A number of new businesses have opened on South Duff over the past 6 years, since the flooding of 2010.
The City has a proposal to split the cost of the stoplight project 3 ways between Hunziker Development, Walmart, and the City of Ames. The total cost of the project is $1.1 million dollars.
A number of South Duff businesses oppose this project, as it would also entail the installation of a raised median on that portion of the road. That would mean left turn access would be prohibited for many businesses.
One business, is Howe Welding, which has been in business here for 30 years. The firm works to repair many large pieces of equipment.
“We’ve had D-9 cats, in we’ve had all kinds of picker heads, and combines and in farm equipment in that’s not an easy thing to get down Duff, said Jim Howe. “I realize Duff has changed the last 30 years, but I’m not sure raising the median, and adding a stoplight is going to solve the problem.”
Howe said his business will have only right hand turn access, should the median be built.
The City has yet to award a contract on the project.