Some say new traffic barriers in Tower Grove East are a headache

These circular, cement sculptures were installed along intersections along Compton Ave. Credit: Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia. Credit: KMOV

Intersections along Compton Avenue in South City are getting a new look, but this change has a purpose, to slow down drivers and prevent them from rolling through stop signs.

Bump curves have already been painted along the Compton Avenue intersections of Shenandoah, Park, Lafayette, Magnolia, Russell and Arsenal. Soon each of those curves will be filled with circular, cement sculptures, ultimately narrowing the intersections in Tower Grove East. The idea was brought forth by the 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia

Paul Whitsitt, owns Kitchen House Coffee near the intersection of Shenandoah & Compton Ave. Whitsitt is a supporter of the change because he sees speeding issues near his restaurant on a regular basis. "It's not uncommon to see cars blow through the stop signs, to see near misses. We have a lot of accidents here," said Whitsitt.

While News 4 was in the neighborhood, our cameras captured more than one driver rolling through stop signs. Whitsitt says fast drivers on Compton Ave. have been a problem for awhile.

"It's one of the major arteries and extends a long way on both sides of the neighborhood, so people use it to avoid Grand Ave. and other major streets," said Whitsitt.

Many neighbors can agree that something needs to be done to slow drivers down in the area, especially with so many bikers and walkers sharing the streets. However, some do not think bump curves is the best solution to the problem.

"I just don't know if this is the right way to go about it," said Aubrey Byron, who rides her bike often in Tower Grove East. Byron doesn't like the idea of narrowing the intersections. "You're going to have two cars going through what looks like a pretty narrow area, so I'm just concerned about getting sideswiped or not having room," said Byron.

The cement sculptures should be installed soon. Whitsitt is looking forward to seeing how the bump curves work out.

"I'm anxious to try it, I don't for sure whether it'll work, but I think there was a thoughtful process. I think people weighed in," said Whitsitt.

News 4 is still waiting for comment back from Alderwoman Ingrassia to learn how much the project is projected to cost taxpayers.

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