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Downtown intersection potential danger zone

Andy Ouriel • Sep 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM

“I work at Cabana Jacks, and every day that I work, I watch three to four cars run through the four-way stop as if it doesn’t exist,” Jackson said. “They don’t even attempt to brake.”

The intersection has a four-way stop, featuring a flashing red light in every direction. Drivers are supposed to treat it as a stop sign, no matter what direction they’re heading.

And yet, many ignore the red light. They simply zip on by, ignoring cars and pedestrians alike, Jackson said. “I watch parents with strollers and children on bicycles cross this intersection all day long,” she said. City data shows three crashes have occurred in this area in the past two years.

Sandusky officials said they’re still working on ways to make the intersection safer. “This is something that has been considered for several weeks,” city engineer Aaron Klein said. “We are still having discussions internally.”

Jackson said the city should consider installing actual stop signs. This is one of several ideas city officials continue to mull. Whatever happens, it must happen soon, Jackson said.

“I’m concerned that this isn’t going to get any attention until someone is seriously hurt or killed,” Jackson said.

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