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Study: Second stop sign not needed
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MONROE - Residents along 6th Street say vehicles are still driving too fast, but a traffic study performed by the city shows the street does not need a second stop sign even though neighbors asked for one.

Glenda Fritsch, who lives near 26th Avenue and 6th Street, said she has seen law enforcement officers stop two cars this week, but she believes too many cars are still speeding.

"No matter how you look at it, they come screeching down here," she said.

The city installed stop signs at 22nd Avenue and 6th Street on Oct. 21, after a group of 15 residents approached the Public Safety Committee about the problem.

One of the neighbors in the 6th Street area, Anna E. Niederberger, 82, died Sept. 18 as a result her injuries following a collision with a vehicle at the corner.

The residents also requested stop signs at 26th Avenue, a school crossing, but the committee has postponed any action until January 2010.

Engineering Supervisor Al Gerber told committee Nov. 16 that a 12-hour daytime traffic control study conducted Nov. 10 showed no stop sign is warranted at that intersection.

According to the study, 2,944 vehicles used 6th Street and 473 vehicles used 26th Avenue; 131 pedestrians crossed the intersection.

Fritsch believes the study should monitor the speed, rather than the number, of vehicles on the road.

"They should watch closely to see how many they could ticket," she said.

Most of the speeding problem comes from drivers coming into town from the east, Fritsch said.

"They're driving 35 to 40 miles per hour or more. You'd swear they are still on the highway," she said.

Aldermen Paul Hannes, representing Ward 2 bordering 6th Street and 25th Avenue, and Jan Lefevre, representing Ward 4, bordering 6th Street between 19th and 25th Avenue, said they have not heard from any constituents about the continuing problem.

"I sincerely believe, if we put in stop signs, we will have additional noise, with these bigger trucks coming in there, stopping and starting," he said.

Hannes said what is needed is more police presence.

"Hand out a few tickets," he said. "They'll get the message."

Police Chief Fred Kelley said the stop sign at 22nd Avenue and 6th Street has had an impact on speeding traffic along the road.

Brian Carmody, who lives near 25th Avenue, was disappointed to hear the signs at the 26th Avenue intersection are being postponed.

"It's great they put in stops signs at 22nd," he said, "but that doesn't stop them up here."

Carmody said vehicles come down the hill by Rainbow Childcare, at 27th Avenue, too fast.

"By the time they reach here, they are flying by the house," he said.

Fritsch and Carmody are concerned about neighborhood's children and elderly.

Monroe Manor sits one block off the busy street, in the 500 block of 26th Avenue.

Residents there take their walks along 6th and sometimes cross the street, they said.