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Nov 9, 2011 12:24 AM by John Romero

North End community wants more safeguards at intersection

A street corner near downtown Colorado Springs is at the center of a neighborhood movement to protect pedestrians. At the heart of it is a Girl Scout troop who goes to school at Steele Elementary. They say the corner of Espanola and Nevada right next to their school is too dangerous. "We want to make it safer for the community." explains Kalyana, one of the Girl Scouts, "We're referring to the kids who go to Steele, the students and the teachers and parents."

They proposed to city council that a grant could be received from the state to put in safeguards such as cross walks, a cross guard or even just making the school zone larger. The girls say drivers go through the intersection way too fast. "They speed to catch the light at the end so they just speed right through there." explains Alexa, another Girl Scout.

They're not the only ones either. Jim Brady picks up his neighbor's kids on occasion. Before he even spoke to us he was urging passing cars to slow down. "It's a busy time of day anyway. But with cars and the speed they're going, I think it's excessive." he says, "It's always a problem down here."

Sterling Sorrell has lived on this corner for 14 years and he's afraid if something isn't done, the worst could happen. "Any day someone, and it could be a child, is going to lose their life at this corner." he says.

City Council President Scott Hente represents the North End where the intersection is located. He thinks the girls may be on to something. "It was very refreshing to see people at a young age saying we've identified the issues, but here are some approaches we think can solve it. I think that was very positive." he explains. They may be kids, but Hente says he's taking the matter seriously. "One of the solutions the young ladies talked about was an enlarged school zone. I think that may be very realistic." he says.

 

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