The city says with more development in the area, the traffic light increases pedestrian safety. People who work in the area say there was a lot of accidents with some drivers rolling through the stop sign.
“I T-boned a lady that didn’t even, she kind of just rolled through the stop sign and just went and I didn’t even have time to put my brakes on,” Nikki Jones, who works nearby, said.
It cost the city about $570,644.50 to install the traffic light. While a round-a-bout was considered, it would have cost much more than the traffic signal.
Anna Weeks is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State University with a degree in Digital Communication Arts and a minor in writing. Previously, she interned with the National Association of Broadcasters at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Originally from the Portland area, Anna is excited to explore Southern Oregon. In her free time, she can be found reading, running or watching sports.