Bay View may get flashing pedestrian signs for dangerous intersections

Posted at 7:09 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-31 20:13:24-04

MILWAUKEE -- Dangerous intersections in Bay View are getting a hard look from Alderman Tony Zielinski.

The chef and owner of Lazy Susan, at Howell and Smith, said speed creates a major concern at that intersection, even though Smith has stop signs.

AJ Dixon said she's seen eight accidents in the three years her restaurant has been there, including a dangerous t-bone crash.

"The flaming motorcycle went towards the building," she said. "A couple weeks ago a girl got hit by a car," she continued.

She's worried her customers might be at risk. Plus, children cross a few blocks down going to and from the Downtown Montessori School.

Along Howell, you'll see signs that read "Caution: Children Crossing."

Alderman Tony Zielinski has already commissioned a study for stop signs in the area, but they weren't recommended due to heavy traffic. Now, he's hoping flashing pedestrian signs will pass through the City's approval process. He said plain signs go unnoticed, but flashing signs will grab drivers' attention and remind them to slow down.

Dixon said signs would be a good start to solving her concerns.

"I think it's something that we can work towards a better medium of making a better situation," she said.