Neighbors call for stop sign in dangerous intersection

December 9, 2013 8:37 pm

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Two mothers are leading the charge against Contra Costa County Public Work’s department calling for a stop sign on their street.

Currently there is only a crosswalk at the intersection of Idlewood Drive and Newell Avenue, the woman says that’s not enough.

“I’ve been almost hit probably a handful of times over the last five years with my children present,” says Stephanie Lathrop.

Lathrop and her neighbor, Le Lan Jorgensen are leading the initiative together.

“We have a near miss almost twice a week. And I’m not doing it anymore,” Jorgensen said. 

She adds that it’s gotten so bad she no longer walks her children to Parkmead Elementary School, just one block away.

“It’s gotten so bad. We just drive to school. It’s much less stressful, it’s safer. But it’s silly,” she tells KTVU.

The woman say what they’re asking for is simple, just a stop sign.

“What is it going to take? Is it going to take someone actually getting seriously injured or dying?” says Lathrop.

On Monday county workers installed three magnetic counters to the ground which will not only count the numbers of vehicles but also determine speed.

This is part of the required warrant procedure to add stop signs. It looks at numerous criteria, including vehicle volume on Newell Avenue, Idlewood Drive and a private roadway leading to Dorris Eaton School.

“I wish we didn’t have to depend on collision data to convince the county that we need this. I think the collision will come. It’s just a matter of time,” Jorgensen says.

The county will activate the counters Monday just before midnight and monitor the area for 48 hours.

It could be months before a final decision is actually made.