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Dangerous intersection getting attention from city

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An accident at the intersection of Gee Street and Dan Avenue on Tuesday has left a Region 8 teenager in critical condition.  Now, Region 8 News is taking a closer look at that intersection to see how dangerous it is.

"That to me is a very dangerous intersection.  I worry about it everyday when I pull out with my family," said Joe Kaiser.

The intersection at Dan Avenue and Gee Street is one that Kaiser travels through almost everyday to get to his business.

"The biggest problem that I see is that you see frequent accidents out here almost on a weekly basis," said Kaiser.

He doesn't know what needs to e done to make it better, but he does say there is a problem.

"The way the road dips there as it comes off of Dan Avenue going into Johnson there's an area there where people have gained a lot of speed coming down Dan Avenue and don't seem to slow down much," said Kaiser.

Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin said the intersection was changed a few years ago and many people are still not used to it. 

"Every time you make a change to an intersection, obviously, then it takes the driver you're going to have to be aware of your surroundings," said Perrin.

And the city is aware of the need for improvement.  In fact the city has requested a traffic light for this intersection to help traffic flow.

"Because of Jonesboro's growth we're getting more vehicles on all of our intersections here in Jonesboro every day, every year," said Perrin.

According to the city of Jonesboro Metropolitan Planning Organization 9,100 cars travel through this intersection everyday.

The city is evaluating all intersections in town right now they have mapped out all of the intersections and are keeping track of the traffic counts at the different sites.  Soon they will start collecting records from the Jonesboro Police Department to add to a map to show which intersections are the most dangerous.

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