Plan to replace traffic signals with stop signs at 37 intersections in KCMO angers residents

In the last two weeks, city workers started replacing traffic lights with stop signs at 37 intersections where signals have been for decades.

People who live near these Kansas City, Mo., intersections started calling the city to complain almost immediately.
 
On Monday night, more than 70 people turned out for the 3rd District's meeting to discuss the new traffic signal program.
 
Not one person was in favor of the change. 
 
"They should go back at those lights and look at how many accidents have been caused by running red lights opposed to stop signs," said Pat Clarke, speaking out against the project.
 
Many complained they were not given any advance warning. Director of Public Works Sherri McIntyre apologized to the crowd for the way the new plan was implemented. 
 
Public works officials cited a three-year study that found 37 traffic signals don't meet federal guidelines, and explained it would cost too much to replace them. Instead, the study found four-way stops would make it safer in the long run as long as drivers followed some simple advice.
 
"We just have to have people to slow down and care about each other,"  McIntyre said. "How they drive impacts each one of our lives as we travel around our roadways."
 
City officials said they'll look into everyone's concerns and will work with the neighborhood groups from here on out -- but as of right now, the stop signs are staying.
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