Should there be a four way traffic stop at the intersection of 20th and Chestnut?
Some city officials say yes.
2nd ward aldermen Steve Duesterhaus and Dave Bauer requested the traffic commission do a study on 20th and chestnut. That's the same area where a Quincy University student was hit last Monday.
That student is still hospitalized.
These Quincy University students are acquaintances of Shannon Peters, the young woman hit last week crossing this stretch of Chestnut street. Now they make sure to look left and right before they cross.
"We really look out now - we just, we have time now. We just wait for the cars to go by," said freshman Isabella Parnell.
Other QU students are doing the same, because they say cars are coming faster than the 20 mile per hour posted speed limit.
"Especially coming from that stop light, not too many people seem to, you know, watch out for the people crossing the road," says freshman Jack Gamache.
"There are cars that come down here speeding, and it irritates me because things like that happened, and you just want them to slow down," says Parnell.
At Monday night's City Council, the 2nd ward aldermen asked the traffic commission to look into the intersection of 20th and Chestnut so another bad accident involving a pedestrian won't happen again. Deputy Chief of Operations Curt Kelty says traffic studies will help them learn more about the area.
"It provides us with more information on how many vehicles are passing through an area and how fast they're going," Kelty says.
Kelty says if the traffic commission determines it's a problem, there are several potential solutions.
"The traffic commission might be interested in say - for instance - looking at possibly changing speed zones or adding stop signs or yield signs or that sort of thing," he says.
"That would be really nice. I think it would definitely keep the students of Quincy safer," said Gamache.
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