Anderson-Hudson crossing is hazardous for children

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

I thought I would submit this for publication as I have yet to receive any plan to fix this potential problem.

I emailed a version of this letter to the city and/or the mayor of Manhattan through their web link about a year and a half ago in an effort to prevent a serious accident to a child.

A traffic light, or at least a blinking crossing-type light like K-State uses to alert drivers of pedestrians crossing, should be installed at the intersection of Anderson and Hudson avenues for the safety of children who walk or ride their bikes to and from Amanda Arnold Element-ary School.

I regularly see a problem with drivers not paying attention to the School Zone speed limit, with or without police presence. In addition, the volume of traffic on Anderson Avenue has increased to the point that it is difficult, to say the least, for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross. It’s also difficult for vehicle traffic entering Ander-son to cross lanes.

Most of the people I see disregarding what’s going on are probably running late to a doctor’s appointment or are racing to get to Fort Riley on time via Scenic Drive. I’m worried that will take a child’s death or serious injury one of these days for someone to do anything about this issue.

I can personally relate to this situation, as when I was a child, I was hit by a driver in a similar crossing of a busy street in Aurora, Colo. It took that situa-tion for the City of Aurora to install a crossing light for bicyclists and pedestrians to prevent further incidents.

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