There are new developments about the troublesome intersection at 25th and Wallace.
Back at the 25th and Wallace intersection today, residents approached me voicing their concerns, because they still feel the city isn’t listening to the severity of their pleas.
“I lived here 29 years,” says Thomas Edwards. “I mean, it’s been ridiculous ever since.”
Cars run the red flashing lights in two directions and speed through the area.
At City Council Thursday night, council members, concerned citizens and traffic officials spoke their pieces regarding the intersection and the trouble it’s caused.
“The way this needs to work is that the red flashing light needs to be turned on when the children are present,” says Chuck Ennis.”And like I said, it’s to supplement the stop sign that the crossing guard uses.”
“People not only disregard, with incredible frequency, with these lights but they also disregard the speed limits,” says Brad Uchytil.
A traffic study was conducted to monitor traffic and see if improvement is needed.
Ennis, city engineer, says an improved 3-way looped stop light would cost $75,000.
“It’s a sad situation that it’s taken people this long to figure out what to do,” says Edwards. “I mean, it’s not hard. $75,000, I mean, show me where it costs that much. I mean, it’s ridiculous.”
For Christa Sutton, who was in an accident at that intersection, her concern is for more than just purpose.
“You know, when 70 cars are blowing through a red light, I mean, thank God it wasn’t more serious, but you know, I don’t want to see a child get killed or it take something that drastic for a simple change to be made,” says Sutton.
The reason why it was brought up to city council is to make it an ordinance.
Once an ordinance is passed, law enforcement will be able to ticket offenders.
We will continue to follow this story as it develops.