Unsafe Intersection: Neighbors Raise Concerns 11-08-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Unsafe Intersection: Neighbors Raise Concerns 11-08-2010

A weekend crash sent several people to the hospital and now neighbors in the area say changes need to be made to the road signs before anyone else gets hurt.
At Burt and Moorish roads in Taymouth Township, the cars drive too fast and too furious for nearby residents Tim and Shannon Bowser.
"I don't want to watch someone get killed in my front yard,” Shannon Bowser told TV5.
That could have been the case Sunday afternoon when two vehicles crashed at the intersection and injured three people. Investigators said the crash started when a driver of a truck tried to make a U-turn.
"If it was forced to stop, you would've have had something like we did yesterday, and it would've prevented what we had in the past,” said Tim Bowser.
The Bowsers have witnessed too many accidents at the rural intersection. They want the two-way stop to become a four-way stop. As TV5 interviewed the Bowsers, we got a glimpse of their concern.
"Look at this car real quick,” said Shannon Bowser. “That guy was going pretty fast." “So is that the kind of thing you're talking about?” asked TV5 reporter Julie Banovic. “That and much worse," responded Shannon Bowser.
The intersection is also elevated more than the rest of the road and acts as a launch pad. "They get air here and lose control,” said Shannon Bowser.
Taymouth Township Supervisor Doug James complained about the intersection before, citing the tree line as a blind spot.
"The road commission feels that if a person comes up and stops like they're supposed to, pulls out, they can see if there is traffic coming both ways,” said James.
TV5 called the Saginaw County Road Commission for answers and spokesperson Brian Wendling said the township can request a traffic study, but it's unlikely residents will see additional stop signs put up. "I would suspect at this point that it's probably slim, because if it met the warrants it would probably be there,” said Wendling.
But the Bowsers are not impressed. "How many people have to get killed here or have a bad accident here before something gets done?" asked Shannon Bowser.

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