Tactic to slow down speeders at north city intersection has increased collisions

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by Lauren Trager / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM

 (KMOV) -- Some St. Louis city residents are upset by a tactic to slow down speeders.

A car smashed Tuesday afternoon is the latest accident at the intersection of Marcus and Margaretta streets.
 
People say the concrete barriers in the middle of the road, meant to act like a roundabout, have made crossing the street a catastrophe.
 
“I have an 8-year-old that was nearly hit by a speeding a car getting on the school bus,” said James Roby, who lives in the neighborhood.
 
People in the North City neighborhood watch as the cars whizz by on Marcus Avenue.
Speeding has been a problem for years.
 
But last week, the city removed stop signs and instead, installed four yellow concrete drums.
“Whoever came up with the idea to put that there, they messed up big time,” said Lawrence Wilkins.
 
Neighbors told News 4, driver don’t slow down when they reach the barriers, they just swerve around and cut even closer to curbs.
 
A Tuesday afternoon accident, drivers told us, was caused by confusion about whose turn it was to go.
 
We watched as people went the wrong way.
 
“We are trying to do whatever can to slow people down,” said Alderman Antonio French. 
 
Alderman French told us the barriers were intended to be temporary. Putting in real roundabouts would have cost tens of thousands; this way, they can try it out ahead of time for much cheaper.
 
He says he’s has already heard from disgruntled residents.
 
“At this point, do you think it needs to be removed?” asked Reporter Lauren Trager “Well, it’s hard to say,” French said. 
 
They’ll keep the barriers another week, he said, then decide what to do.
“Tomorrow come pick those things up,” said Wilkins. 
 
But neighbors said the barriers have got to go, before someone gets killed.
 

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