City re-evaluating replacing traffic signals with stop signs - KCTV5 News

City re-evaluating replacing traffic signals with 4-way stop signs

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People will soon notice changes to Kansas City intersections, and a group of neighbors is not happy as the city re-evaluates whether replacing traffic signals with four-way stop signs is the safest way to go.

Kids getting out of school is always a busy time, and some people are worried about the little walkers ever since the city changed some 37-year-old traffic signals to four-way stops.

Eighth-grader Angie Arambula said she doesn't like the new stop signs at St. John Avenue and Van Brunt Boulevard where she crosses with her little brother and sister.

"It's confusing. I don't know when to cross. I want it to go back to the lights again," Arambula said.

"There were two wrecks out here this weekend. It's dangerous," resident Shyray Jackson said.

Public works officials said stop signs are actually safer because drivers have to stop 100 percent of the time.

"When a car comes to an intersection with a signal, you have a 33 percent chance you have to come to a complete stop - you might hit a yellow or green," Sean Demory with Kansas City Public Works said. "But with a stop sign, cars have to stop 100 percent of the time."

But KCTV5's Sandra Olivas saw many drivers just roll through the stop sign at St. John and Van Brunt Tuesday. The city said they looked at traffic counts and followed federal guidelines to determine which lights needed to be replaced with stop signs.

"The biggest complaint is we weren't consulted," said Katie Greer, the president of the Indian Mound Neighborhood Association. "No one told the neighborhood or talked to us."

Greer said residents saw public works doing a visual count of cars, but they want a more extensive look at the traffic in the area. Now, the public works department has agreed to step back and re-evaluate the changes done.

"The council has shown some interest in having us take a second look, and we're comfortable in doing that," Demory said.

"We would like them to talk to us, include us in the process and have a real legitimate traffic study done and see the data from that," Greer said.

Anyone with questions about stoplights or intersections in their neighborhood can call the city at 311. There is also more information on the city's website. Click here for more information.

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