Creative study hopes to improve the safety of one intersection in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. A committee in Springfield is looking for ways to improve your safety when you're on the streets.

A pop-up traffic-calming demonstration will help the city do that.

Safety at the intersection of Cherry Street and Pickwick Avenue has been an ongoing issue. Cars go too fast. Pedestrians and bike riders struggle to cross the street safely.

The Ozark Mountain Section of the American Planning Association, Missouri Chapter is working on a creative way to make this area safer for everyone.

"It's a happening place," says Lindsi Johnson.

The shops and restaurants near the intersection of Cherry Street and Pickwick Avenue attract a lot of people.

"Saturday morning, especially it's really congested," says Johnson.

People in the Rountree Neighborhood often walk or ride their bikes. People like Lindsi Johnson are concerned when it comes to their safety.

"People speeding and just not paying attention to what they're doing," says Johnson.

"It's kind of scary when you're on a bike," says Johnson.

"There's a lot of kids in this neighborhood. Free range kids. That's very rare. So when you see these kids running around trying to cross the street you don't want to get them hit. So why is slowing down your speed important?" asks Jeremy Snow.

He is heading up the project.

Snow asks, "When we see a wide road that's straight we just want to go fast. What are some of the things we can do to slow them down?"

A temporary crosswalk will be installed to the west of the intersection. The driving lanes on Cherry Street will be narrowed in two spots to slow down traffic. People will see other road blocks designed to get drivers to slow down and pay attention, safely.

"We should advocate for safety in Springfield," says Johnson.

"Our committee looked at five different areas that desperately need this that have had speed studies down before. But this area, the neighborhood, the mixed use development, this one was the neighborhood that we chose first. There's all kinds of streets that have issues like this," says Snow.

The goal is to use the data collected through the demonstration for future planning in all of the areas.

The study will take place this Friday and Saturday and is being paid for by grant funding.

Two others like this will happen in Saint Louis and Kansas City.