1/6/19, St Paul, Minn.–Thursday evening (1/3) two people died at a crosswalk in Roseville, Minnesota after being hit by a vehicle. This tragedy is one that perhaps could have easily been avoided with necessary improved infrastructure and safety measures, lights and signage. The below text is quoted from KSTP News detailing safety concerns prior to the event and its aftermath.
““For my safety, for everybody else’s safety who lives right here, there needs there needs to be a stop sign or lights,” Jordan said.She believes action should have been taken sooner. “I feel it’s the city’s fault,” Jordan said. “It shouldn’t take nobody to get killed for them to do something about it. It just doesn’t make sense.” Larpenteur Ave. is a Ramsey County road that Roseville, Maplewood and St. Paul are all responsible for. Roseville City Manager Patrick Trudgeon told us they started looking at how to make it safer about two years ago. “We certainly don’t want a tragedy such as this to occur,” he said. Trudgeon showed KSTP the Larpenteur-Rice Gateway Area Plan study that each city approved in 2018. It includes plans for mid-block crosswalks, including near the crash site at Marion St. and Larpenteur. “This (tragedy) helps underscore the need to continually be focused on making sure we have safe areas for everybody,” he said. There is still no timeline for when the crosswalks could be installed.”
The state of Minnesota is highly taxed, and has the 5th highest tax burden in the United States, yet Minnesota cities are unable to fund proper safety measures to improve infrastructure and to fill its epidemic of potholes. People’s lives are now, and have been at stake. This is concerning when other hot button issues motivated by politics and emotion rather than facts and figures appear to be hastily amended without issue: elimination of public library fines and Mayor Carter’s legal defense fund for immigrants.
It is shame that Minnesotans cannot feel safe walking across the street, it is a shame that our tax dollars are not being utilized in ways to prevent such events on public roads and sidewalks right now. Action is needed to improve and make our community infrastructure safer for all. The lack of concern for safety by local government is an egregious oversight, one abdicated by political agenda and image.
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