4-Way Stops for Wisner Playground
Mr. Robert Mendoza, Director, Public Works Department
Mr. Allen Yrle, Traffic Engineering, Public Works Department
Dear Mr. Mendoza and Mr. Yrle:
We are contacting you on behalf of our children and the safety of visitors to Wisner park to request that all four intersections surrounding the playground be converted to three-way or four-way stops (whichever is applicable given the direction of traffic) and that the proper signage is posted at each corner.
Recently a group of neighbors were planting trees in Wisner Playground when a vehicle did not stop at the stop sign on Upperline Street and collided with another vehicle that was heading down Laurel Street. (Wisner Playground is bounded by Annunciation, Lyons, Upperline and Laurel Streets.) The accident caused injury to both drivers, but luckily no pedestrians were hurt. A week prior to the incident several of the neighbors were discussing our concerns for drivers who ignore the stop signs or even worse speed down Annunciation and Laurel completely ingnorant to the fact that they are speeding past a playground where everyday a multitude of children walk to and have to cross the streets to visit. Most children walk or ride their bicycles to the playground. We believe that having three/four-way stops (Laurel and part of Lyons are one-way streets) at each intersection would prevent future accidents or even worse a child being hit by a vehicle. We realize that it is not a guarantee but this is at least a preventative measure that can be made.
The following petitioners are contacting you on behalf of our children and the safety of visitors to the park to request that all four intersections surrounding Wisner Playground be converted to three-way or four-way stops (whichever is applicable) and that the proper signage is posted at each corner. We request the following: Annunciation and Lyons- add stop sign on Annunciation. Annunciation and Upperline- add stop sign on Upperline. Laurel and Upperline- add stop sign on Laurel. Laurel and Lyons–add stop sign on Lyons.
Thank you for your assistance.