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Quincy residents voice concerns about 8th Street intersections

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Stop signs have replaced traffic signals at two intersections along 8th Street in Quincy.

It's an attempt to save the city thousands of dollars in replacing old stop lights, but some Quincy residents say since they arrived two months ago, that stretch of road has been much more dangerous, especially at 8th and Vermont.

Monday night they voiced that opinion at a public forum held at city hall.

One woman complained the city had turned 8th Street into a superhighway.

Another woman said the traffic backups were a concern.

Many of the speakers were residents or workers of Sunset Apartments, right at the corner of 8th and Vermont. They say they're worried about crossing the street safely on foot. Employee Judy Hufford says since the stop lights were covered with garbage bags, traffic became downright dangerous for everyone.

"Some of them have just a terrible time crossing the street, and my husband and I were almost hit twice in our truck," Hufford said.

City engineer Jeffrey Conte says the city did not think the traffic was so heavy that putting in stop signs would be an issue.

"According to IDOT, which is what we would use for something like this, they came back and said no, the traffic signals were not warranted based on the volume," Conte said.

Conte says the feedback he's receiving will strongly help the Traffic Commission make a decision.

"One comment that really struck me was the woman who said that we were affecting these people's independence, that they were going to have to rely on other people for their daily activities," Conte said. "We certainly don't want to do that and will take that into consideration."

Hufford hopes the city considers residents' safety in their decision.

"I hope they consider the cost of the lights versus the cost of a crippled child or a person dead in the street," Hufford said.

The Traffic Commission will make a recommendation at its July 14th meeting, and it will then go to the city council for approval.

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