New High School Location Raising Concerns In Johnson County

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa — Concerns are already mounting at the future site of a new high school in the Iowa City Community School District. Tuesday night the school board approved a land purchase agreement at the northeast corner of Dubuque Street and North Liberty Road, near North Liberty.

“The concern is I don’t know what we’re going to do with the traffic,” said Kenn Hubel, who lives about a mile from the site. “I think between the hours of 6 o’clock in the morning and 8:30 it’s going to be an utter mess here.”

Hubel said he’s also concerned about the destruction of quality and scenic farm land, in addition to safety concerns.

“My friend got killed here,” said Ray Mullen, who also lives near the intersection. “It’s ridiculous, this is no place to build a school, because of the traffic flow.”

Superintendent Steve Murley said issues and concerns with the current roadway will be addressed before the school is built.

“You will see changes,” Murley said. “You’re going to see road improvements.”

The building isn’t expected to open for at least five years, giving district officials and local governments plenty of time to sort out safety improvements, Murley said.

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