Neighborhood fighting for 4-way stop in Reading

Neighborhood fighting for 4-way stop in Reading

READING, Pa. - A neighborhood in Reading is fighting to have a four-way stop added to a busy intersection.

Residents said drivers dangerously speed through the West Greenwich and Tulpehocken streets intersection, often failing to stop at the two stop signs already there.

"People do not stop at all, not even at those stop signs, and we don't want car accidents. It's going to be really bad," said Batriz Burgos.

"We get so many cars going by so fast. We are in dire need of a stop sign, dire need," said Alfredo Rivera Maldonado.

Since the beginning of July, Maldonado and other neighbors have been collecting signatures for a petition, asking that the city add the stop signs, an effort centered on keeping the neighborhood children safe.

Maldonado said kids frequently play and ride bikes along the surrounding blocks, and often walk to and from a nearby Olivet Boys and Girls Club.

"A lot of children are walking around. We have deaf children, handicapped children. We have kids on wheelchairs. It's something you have to take under consideration as a community to stand together and say, 'Enough is enough. We have to stop this,'" Maldonado said.

On Thursday, Maldonado took a petition holding 100 signatures to City Hall. There, officials said they would forward the petition to the public works department.

Ralph Johnson, the public works director, told 69 News that the next step following the petition would be to have a traffic study conducted, wherein the intersection would be compared to current traffic standards.

If failing to meet standards, the public works department would then need to make a recommendation for improvements to city council, officials said.

Officials with the city clerk's office and the public works department could not confirm how long the process could take or when a traffic study could commence.

Officials said the traffic study, unless conducted on state roads, would need to come from the city's budget.

"I just hope that they really do something about this because it's really dangerous over here. It really is," said Burgos.

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