City seeks changes at one of the 'top worst intersections'

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by KMOV.com Staff

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Posted on October 1, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 1 at 10:21 PM

Dangerous intersection 'one of the city's worst'

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A new Starbucks in the old Del Taco building near St. Louis University is adding to a very dangerous situation.

An already busy and confusing intersection at Grand and Forest Park Parkway just got worse.

News 4 checked it out Monday and talked with the city about a potential fix.

With narrow sidewalks, three stoplights within a hundred yards, and several streets converging in the middle of it, the area didn’t need any more distractions.

According to the city, the intersection is on the list of projects they want to take care of.

SLU students say it’s tough to feel safe crossing the street.

“My friend actually saw someone get hit by a car here about two weeks ago,” said one student.

The brand new Grand Boulevard Bridge added to the problem. It has 13 foot wide sidewalks, is bike and pedestrian-friendly, a metro-link station and it’s all right next to what Streets Director Todd Waelterman says is, “one of our top worst intersections in the city.”

Waelterman says the ramps don’t meet American with Disabilities Act standards, and the stoplights are plentiful and confusing.

The city has hired an outside consultant to study the problem and a plan may be in the works by the end of the year.

People, pedestrians, walking, bikes, rolling, metrolink, trains, all that’s come to evolve in the last decade or two and we need to adjust our infrastructure to make it fit,” said Waelterman.

The city has hired an outside consultant to study the problem and a plan may be in the works by the end of the year.

Solutions range from a $50,000 dollar restriping job up to a $5 million dollar project that would include filling in the Forest Park Parkway that goes under Grand and bringing it up to the same level.

An expensive fix like that would require federal funding.

In the meantime Waelterman says people must pay attention and use the control devices in place.

Student Margaret Farney also adds her own strategy.

“I do this thing that we call the ‘soccer mom arm save,’” she said. “So when we’re walking here she tends to not paying much attention to this light and I always have to stop her and put my arm out so we don’t get hurt.”

 

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