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Jamestown residents say city streets need to be safer

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A Jamestown woman says after many close calls, it's time to make the traffic in front of her street stop.
The woman claims on a busy day, dozens of vehicles can pass by her home in a matter of minutes and she says it's not safe.

"It's like a race track," says Donna Endres as she describes the traffic in front of her home.

"The traffic is ridiculous," says Endres.

She says with a grocery store and church just steps away from her door, the volume of cars for a residential street is too high.

"It's congested to say the least," says Endres.

Donna would like the city to step in and help.

"They are talking about taking out street lights and that's crazy. They need to add one," says Endres.

A study was recently conducted on 9 of the 12 street lights in Jamestown and the end results recommend the city to remove 4.

"The reason behind that is looking at internal movements and still trying to remain safety," says Reed Schwartzkopf, City Engineer.

Schwartzkopf says there's no way they would bring one to another part of town.

"If they are not going to make the warrants, I am not going to put it up. That would be $250,000," says Schwartzkopf.

For Endres, she says something needs to be done,because you can't put a price on saving a life.

"crossing this street is very difficult. there's been no bad accidents but that's not to say they wont happen."

We asked the city engineer if they would ever add stop signs in neighborhoods where people have traffic concerns, and he says
there are already so many stop signs per capita, that they may end up removing some.

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