Parent wants action taken to make a Goddard intersection safer

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It's usually a busy intersection during rush hour. Lia Evans says 23rd and 183rd is usually buzzing with drivers, many she says speed on through. She said, "it's a very busy intersection with the Walmart that opened up at Kellogg and 183rd street traffic has increased in that area."

This is also a prime route for kids going to school. Evans son is one of them. Unfortunately last Tuesday he was going west and got hit. Evans says those driving east or westbound have limited visibility. She said, "you have those trees in the way and you start to creep out then the cars coming south kind of creep up on you. Well, he pulled out to go straight to go to school that morning and he was hit on the passenger side."

While he only got bumps and bruises and his car was left damaged, Evans is pushing for Sedgwick County officials to do something to change this intersection. She said, "I'd really love to see it become a four-way stop instead of a two-way stop or at the very least decrease the speed limit."

While the Sedgwick County traffic engineer did not return my phone calls. Evans said they've talked and told her they already had plans to take a look at that intersection. She said, "so next week starting Monday morning there are going to be traffic counters in the roadways there at that corner to kind of monitor the traffic and to see how much it's increased."

She and her son are still shaken up over the accident and hope that change happens quickly. She said

"you know my son was lucky and I'm afraid the next accident at that corner, those people are not going to be so lucky."

Sedgwick County officials told Evans they would have those numbers out sometime later this month. Depending on the traffic volume there, that will be a factor in determining what kind of action the county will take for that intersection.


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