Archive for Thursday, March 4, 2004

Four-way stop installed

March 4, 2004

Myra Glover believes Eighth and Dearborn is a dangerous intersection.

The Baker University employee has seen first hand a number of close calls and accidents at the intersection on the northwest corner of campus.

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"It's as much vehicle as it is pedestrian," Glover told the Baldwin City Council Monday. "And the problem is really coming from the south and heading north."

Council members agreed and approved the installation of a temporary four-way stop at the intersection, at least until the end of May, in an effort to make it safer.

Glover wasn't the only one with concerns about the intersection. Baker students told council members at Monday's meeting pedestrians have a difficult time crossing Eighth Street at the intersection because vehicles often won't stop, even when students are in the crosswalks.

Baker student Vincent Gonzalez presented the council with a petition containing more than 135 student signatures that were concerned with the intersection and would like to see a four-way stop installed.

Council Member Nancy Brown said the safety committee had discussed the issue and determined there were visibility problems at the intersection.

"Cars can't see to avoid hitting pedestrians and other traffic," she said.

A sorority and two residence halls are located at the Eighth and Dearborn intersection making both pedestrian and vehicle traffic heavy at times, especially during class changes. Parallel parking is also allowed on both sides of Eighth Street, which Brown said also caused some visibility problems.

She said the four-way stop would be temporary at this time to determine whether the change is effective.

"Depending on our findings, we may come back for a permanent resolution," she said.

In other business, the city council:

  • Approved in a 5-0 vote to enter into an agreement with Taylor Design Group of Ottawa to design the new industrial park. The cost of the design will be around $84,000.
  • Approved in a 5-0 vote the purchase of a backhoe for $46,000 from Victor L. Philips of Topeka.

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