KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In a show of solidarity Wednesday, dozens of concerned parents met at Holy Cross Elementary School at St. John & Quincy avenues in Kansas City, Mo., They say the city put their children in danger when it got rid off traffic signals at some intersections, in turn eliminating crosswalks for some neighboring schools.
Parents say Holy Cross students can no longer push a button to make the light at the intersection turn red so they can cross. The city says it doesn’t have any immediate plans to bring back the crosswalk signals.
”Why would the city deliberately disable a light so children would be in danger?,” said Jean Van Booven-Shook, a concerned mom.”Tragedies happen all the time and they make the news-i’m afraid that a tragedy will happen here,” she said.
Sean Demory with Public Works says the city won’t make any changes to this light until it conducts more studies. It says it took out the crossing at the intersection four months ago because it didn’t meet criteria and therefore isn’t warranted.
”At the end of the day it’s irresponsible to do something or do something that’s potentially hazardous because people are yelling after it,” said Demory.
He said the city has to do what’s best and safest for both pedestrians and drivers. “At this point the signal will not return in its -in the way as a standard traffic signal, there are a number of options that we can look into that we are looking into,” he said.
The city said traffic signals are evaluated on eight criteria- if a crossing fails any of the eight, the city eliminates it.