Downtown Vernon intersection nets safety improvements

Action is being taken to improve safety at a downtown Vernon intersection.

Council has instructed staff to install signs and a pedestrian crossing with zebra stripes at the southeast end of 29th Street and 28th Avenue.

“It meets the warrant for a standard crosswalk,” said Amanda Watson, a transportation technician.

“There are no signs at that location and that is something that could be addressed.”

Concerns about safety have been raised by the Downtown Vernon Association.

“The degree of the danger was confirmed when a member of our DVA staff narrowly missed being hit by a motorist who drove through the crosswalk even though it was occupied by a pedestrian,” said Ruth Hoyte, DVA president, in a letter.

“The risk of a serious or even a fatal accident suggests some firm action by the city is required to remedy this hazard to pedestrians.”

Coun. Catherine Lord is convinced improvements are needed.

“It’s a couple of blocks from the new library and there could be more pedestrians (using that area),” she said.

According to a city staff report, the intersection currently has low pedestrian volume and there are two vehicle travel lanes and bike lanes.

About 500 vehicles an hour go through the intersection.

“There are no reports of excessive speed,” said Watson.

Watson also pointed out that the intersection exceeds minimum visibility distance on three approaches.

“In 15 years, there have been no pedestrians injured.”



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