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Nov 30, 2011 8:39 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Dangerous intersection raises concern among parents

One woman is in the hospital with serious injuries after crashing her car at the Powers and Old Ranch Road intersection in Briargate right before 6 am on Wednesday.

The intersection looks like many across the Springs, but in recent months, it's been the site of several crashes and this has many parents concerned for their children's safety because it's right around the corner from the Pine Creek High School.

Around 1300 kids attend the school and one mom, Peggy Gibson, News 5 spoke says the intersection gets extremely busy during drop-off and pick-up times.

Gibson thinks the 55 mph speed limit along Powers and the 45 mph speed limit along Old Ranch Road are part of the problem.

She also says that early in the morning, many may be running late for work and simply go faster in the area. She is worried about all the kids and the many that cross or drive through the intersection.

"I have two teenage daughters that drive. They travel this road all the time to work and to school and so, I'm just worried that, you know, one day it might be them... and not just them, but any body's child," says Gibson.

To get both sides of the story, News 5 also spoke with D20 Chief of Security and Transportation Services, Larry Borland.

Borland says that kids are not required to walk to school, as bus services are available. He also adds that it is important for both drivers and those who decide to cross at the intersection to look both ways, as well as to listen to traffic that sounds loud.

He also added that he doesn't recall any crashes involving student drivers at the Powers and Old Ranch Road intersection, but right up the road at Thunder Mountain Ave. and Powers, there have been a few student-involved crashes, but none resulting in serious injuries.

 

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