Editor’s note: FOX4 has updated this story Wednesday with more information from the city and Spire.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An intersection on Kansas City’s eastside has neighbors concerned. This comes after a woman and her daughter were nearly involved in a bad crash at the crossing Monday night.
Kim Johnson is happy to be here after avoiding what could have been a terrible wreck.
“So there was another car that was coming down E. 44th Terrace. We were coming down Westridge. It did not stop because there’s not a stop sign or a yield sign on this corner. My daughter and I fishtailed; she slammed on the breaks,” Johnson said.
Johnson has lived in the area for 20 years and said before construction started here, there was signage at the intersection. It’s a fact that the city disputes. A FOX4 search found no evidence of a yield sign present in recent years.
FOX4 did confirm that Spire is working on a project in the area, and although crews are not actively working at the intersection, cones, metal plates and netting remain at the location.
But Johnson said she fears the worst will happen unless something is done.
“Both my daughter and I have been in really bad accidents in the past in the winter due to negligence of city streets,” she said.
A spokesperson for the City of Kansas City gave FOX4 this statement Tuesday:
“Public Works has no record of a yield sign existing in this location now or in the past. There is a stop sign at E. 43rd & Westridge along with a yield at E. 45th & Westridge. The stop sign is located right outside of a market parking lot.”
It’s a response that doesn’t sit well with Johnson.
“The city needs to take responsibility. There needs to be better lighting. There needs to be a street sign,” Johnson said.
Kansas City issued a new statement Tuesday afternoon:
“The safety of residents and Kansas City roads are a top priority for the city. We are excited to hear from residents about their ideas for improvements. Residents who do wish to provide feedback about the roads and signage in their neighborhoods are best served by working with City Council. Their representatives work with the Public Works Department to guide infrastructure improvements, along with identifying funding for projects. Traffic signs must go through an evaluation process to be placed and all signs must be warranted by the flow of traffic.“
The city also noted the intersection is not considered a high-injury intersection, and there is no record that Johnson has reached out to the city about her concerns.
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