After decades of calling for a four-way stop at the dangerous intersection, Whitestone residents celebrated the installation of the new stop signs last Friday. Although, they came as a bit of a surprise.
The Department of Transportation suddenly installed the signs the morning that the We Love Whitestone Civic Association planned to hold an afternoon press conference to call on the city to stop opposing the traffic-calming measure.
“It’s amazing what a press conference can do,” civic association president Al Centola told about 20 residents. “It’s a great start.”
According to residents, DOT has conducted studies in the past, but each time determined that a four-way stop was not needed.
But Joey Angenbroich has lived on the northeast corner of the intersection for over 20 years, and says it has always been a problem.
“When I was younger, we had cars into the house and our yard,” he said.
About five years ago, he began saving the footage from a security camera on his house, compiling a montage of numerous accidents.
He resolved to finally get something done after he caught on video an elderly man getting hit and thrown into the air on Thanksgiving night last year.
“Once that happened, I started posting the videos wherever I could and contacted DOT,” he said.
Residents are relieved that the signs are up, but want the city to come back and paint clear markings on the street so drivers know about the changes.
“This is a great day for Whitestone,” said Angenbroich. “Hopefully, we won’t have anymore accidents and nobody else will get hurt.”