Dundee crosswalk signals turned back on

Posted at 7:57 PM, Jul 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 23:37:08-04

The Dundee neighborhood was protesting the removal of two crosswalk signals in the area. The lights at 51st and Farnam and 52nd and Chicago were set to be taken down, but the city turned them back on and will re-study them for the next year.

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Those who live in the area were happy to hear the lights were getting a second look.

“It was a really big deal in this area, it is the safety of our kids,” said Greg Murdock who lives with his family.

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The city said a previous study showed the lights were not used enough, and keeping them didn’t fit into the $35 million Master Plan to update all 1,000 traffic lights. But Mayor Jean Stothert said when they looked at how close the lights were to schools, they decided to reevaluate.

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“I am thankful, I am thankful that powers that be listened,” said Murdock.
“I was unaware that two of these signals were by schools,” said Stothert to in a press conference on Friday. She said there will be several studies done over the course of the year and they will communicate with the neighborhood about the process.

“I think it is important they understand the process that we use and the guidelines that we use,” she said.

For the time being, the lights will be on for the next school year whole the city figures out what to do.

“I think they will find it gets used enough to warrant it being there” said Murdock.