Sandusky officials knew there might be consequences for not replacing a traffic signal at Columbus Avenue and Parish Street after a December snowstorm rendered the device useless.
Sure, they’d save some money by installing stop signs on Parish Street, rather than a four-way traffic signal. But they knew it could compromise commuter safety.
Their fears became a reality Thursday, when the intersection saw its first significant crash since the light was removed.
Luckily, no one sustained any major injuries, according to police.
Sandusky police cited East Parish Street resident Jacquelyn Teeman, 69, with failure to yield.
Teeman’s vehicle allegedly blew by the stop sign on Parish Street, slamming into a car headed south on Columbus Avenue, Sandusky police Lt. Rich Braun said.
In December, after the light came down and crews installed makeshift stop signs, Sandusky engineer Aaron Klein said city officials considered replacing the light. There have since been no major discussions about the intersection.
Officials are urging drivers approaching this intersection, near the Sandusky U.S. Post Office, to notice the changes:
•Those driving on Columbus Avenue no longer have to yield when they approach and pass through the intersection.
•Those driving on Parish Street must always stop and yield to traffic traveling on Columbus Avenue.