DANGEROUS KANSAS CITY STOPLIGHT REMOVAL CONTINUES DESPITE OUTRAGE!!!
Kansas City Public Works changes their language instead of their strategy on the controversial issue of stoplight removal. Also, an onslaught of public meetings mostly intended to fatigue local complainers is a tried and true local government strategy. The fact is, most residents won't know the real "impact" of stoplight removal until some poor soul gets hit as cars now have fewer impediments to speed through neighborhoods and near schools.
To wit . . .
TAKE A LOOK AT KANSAS CITY STOPLIGHT REMOVAL CONTINUING WITHOUT MUCH DELAY!!!
Northeast News: City fine-tunes traffic signal removal process
Money line . . .
"Kansas City has 648 traffic signals and Public Works has evaluated 245 signals. Of the 245 signals, 144 are unwarranted, Public Works Spokesperson Sean Demory said. Those signals will eventually be removed. Public Works plans to finish evaluating the remaining 350 traffic signals within the next 18 months."
About the rhetoric . . . Residents have voiced NUMEROUS complaints that removing these signals represents a DANGEROUS decision by Public Works. Now, in turn, PUBLIC WORKS now contends that keeping "unwarranted" signals represents public safety concern. The bottom line is that most residents (under their breath) contend that this is nothing more than a COST CUTTING DECISION taking aim at the urban core and representing yet another symptom of a Mayor and City Council more focused on development and pet projects than maintaining infrastructure.