Residents Complain About 'Dangerous' Crossroad 12-03-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Residents Complain About 'Dangerous' Crossroad 12-03-2010

A rollover crash on a residential street in Saginaw earlier this week left two drivers shaken but not injured, and motorists who frequent the area say unmarked intersections are to blame.
So, TV5 took the Tough Questions to the city to find out why there are no stop signs or even yield signs in place.
"It’s horrible; you gotta watch everywhere when you go around here because these open intersections are catastrophic," said driver Gail DeCaire.
The intersection at Irving Avenue and Delaware Boulevard is classified as an open intersection. TV5 found that most people don't know how to operate without traffic sign.
"I hear another big boom, and I come out and couldn't believe it,” said DeCaire. “There's a Blazer on its head."
There are several open intersections in the residential neighborhood around Irving and Delaware.
While TV5 staked out the trouble spot, everyone seemed to play nice and slow down. People in the neighborhood said the open intersection hasn't been such a great idea.
So TV5 asked city traffic engineer Philip Karwat about reducing the risk of collision at these types of intersections.
Karwat said open intersections are based on traffic volume and the posted speed, which on a residential road is usually 25 miles per hour.
According to the law, you must yield to the person on your right as that person has the right-of-way.
“As long as people are driving according to the law, and know they don't have a right to just blow through an intersection," said Karwat. He adds people in the area can call the city’s traffic engineering office to complain about dangerous intersections.
An engineering team will then come out to do a study on the stop-and-go habits, or the lack thereof. If it’s determined a yield or a stop sign is needed, Karwat said they'll put one up.
"Anything would help, because there's a lot of people that go sailing by here," said DeCaire.
Click here for more information on the city's traffic engineering department.
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