Motorists should use caution and be prepared to stop throughout town, according to officials working on the Platt Street reconstruction project.

Drivers have had to adjust to new sets of stop signs at three Maquoketa intersections along the city’s Platt Street detour route. Several accidents were reported at one of those intersections after the city installed the signs.

The current detour reroutes traffic from West Platt onto Western, east onto Summit, then north onto Main Street and back to Platt. 

However, less than four days into physical reconstruction work, members of the public expressed concerns about traffic congestion and people speeding along the detour, project officials said. 

The following week, the intersection of Summit and South Main streets was transformed into a four-way stop, as was the intersection of West Summit and Vermont streets.

The intersection of Western Avenue and West Summit Street is now a three-way stop as well.

The change in traffic patterns likely is to blame for a two-vehicle accident investigated by the Maquoketa Police Department.

The accidents are a forceful reminder to all to pay more attention when driving, especially with so much road construction going on in Maquoketa in the next couple years, according to Maquoketa Interim City Manager Mallory Smith.

“The stop signs will be there for the duration of the project,” Smith said. “It’s just a matter of being patient and mindful.”