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Stop the Bypass accidents: thoughts on how it can be done

"...I approach the intersection as if it is populated with 50-foot-long rattlesnakes that can devour a vehicle. I know I've irritated several drivers behind me with my creeping up to the intersection so that I can clearly see if cross traffic is stopped before I enter the intersection. That's the only way I feel halfway safe when crossing the bypass at that intersection..." - JC
About - Outrage at 2nd horrific crash in 5 days at 'Bypass & Burkesville'
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By Joyce M. Coomer
Personal commentary

The most logical thing to hopefully reduce the number of accidents at this intersection is for the state to turn over control of traffic signage, etc., on streets and intersections within the city limits to the city.

I don't care how many traffic counters and on-site evaluations the state does at a particular intersection or on a particular road, the people who know the town's traffic patterns best are those who live and work here each and every day.



The lack of rumble strips at this intersection is a prime example of the state's lack of knowledge about the driving habits of people in this area.

Yes, the city would then be responsible for the costs of installing traffic lights, rumble strips and the like, but the people who live and work here would know that any additional costs would be because someone who intimately knows the city's traffic patterns was responsible for the placement of traffic signage. (Remember the great fiasco of the stop signs on the square and Highway 55 having right-of-way over all other streets? Need I say more about who needs control of the flow of traffic?)

I have also heard several complaints that the traffic lights are hard to see and drivers aren't certain if the light is red or green for their lane of traffic until they are nearly at the intersection. Larger lights??? Brighter lights??? Lights positioned in a different spot??? I'm sure there is some solution to making the traffic lights more easily seen if the state highway department will use it.

I go through that intersection as little as possible, and when I do utilize Burkesville Street as a conduit to Walmart, I approach the intersection as if it is populated with 50-foot-long rattlesnakes that can devour a vehicle. I know I've irritated several drivers behind me with my creeping up to the intersection so that I can clearly see if cross traffic is stopped before I enter the intersection. That's the only way I feel halfway safe when crossing the bypass at that intersection.

- Joyce M. Coomer


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