Heber City Council Addresses Community Concerns Over Dangerous Intersection
The Heber City Council voted to approve a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Mill Road and Center Street on Tuesday night.
Heber City Police Chief Dave Booth said since the start of this year there have been four reported accidents at the intersection. He said the most recent accident happened in July when a car rolled over. During the city council meeting Tuesday night he said the intersection can get busy with all the traffic.
"You have students that walk through it, you have bikers that are coming through it. Mill Road and Center Street are both major routes," Booth said. "There's a lot going on in that intersection."
Right now, there are only stop signs on Mill Road and not on Center Street. But by next week the intersection will be an all-way stop. The city will also add a no-parking zone in front of the church on Center Street to try to reduce speed in the area.
At a previous city council meeting, members approved to add a crossing guard and flashing lights at the crosswalk. But they voted to remove the crossing gaurd at the most recent meeting.
During the meeting Mayor Kelleen Potter read an email from Nick Lopez, a concerned community member. Lopez’s email said the traffic signals aren’t the only issues with the intersection.
"Trees and fences need to be cut back and removed [...] as those blind corners obstruct the view of drivers," Lopez said in his email. "This intersection needs to traffic light pedestrian crossing signals for crosswalks and left hand turn lights. It also needs to be better illuminates the pedestrian safety during nighttime."
The city council also discussed a change to the speed limit in the future and will consider budgeting for a traffic signal light if accidents continue to happen at the intersection.
This story was corrected. The city council voted to remove both the crossing gaurd and flashing lights at the crosswalk during the meeting. City council member Rachel Kahler said in an email that after the meeting they decided to keep the lights. She said it will be ammended at the next meeting.