Parents are concerned that Kansas City has disabled a traffic light that made it easy for pedestrians to get to and from nearby schools in the Northland. Now the city could be making changes to the intersection.
Sean Demory, a spokesperson for the Public Works Department said their traffic engineers completed their assessment of the intersection and, while they've determined it doesn't warrant a full-use traffic signal, they do believe it needs a pedestrian signal.
Before, pedestrians could push buttons to change the light to red at St. John and Quincy Avenues. Parents say the light now just blinks yellow.
"We're really trying to convince city officials that the stoplight that they disabled is worth re-enabling," said Kara Palan, who has three young children that attend nearby Holy Cross Catholic School."It's a situation that is not acceptable for us."
She pleaded with city officials to respond to the parents' concerns.
"We have been waiting a very long time for this signal to be re-enabled," she said. "It was simple for them to turn it off. It should be simple for them to turn it back on."
The city determines its traffic control options by looking at vehicle accounts, pedestrian volume, accident history, proximity of schools and road conditions.
Demory said the city's crews will start work on Saturday to install the pedestrian "hawk signal" and they believe the work will be complete by the end of the week.
Parents say there are three elementary schools and Northeast High School in this area. They say the Northland desperately needs working traffic signals for its walkers before and after school.
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