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Some protest stoplight at 12th-17th intersection

Posted: Friday, Nov 30th, 2012


At the intersection of 17th Avenue South and 12th Street South on the first day of school this year, cars navigate to and from Mickelson Middle School. The city plans to install new traffic signals at the intersection next summer to try to alleviate traffic congestion, but some neighbors oppose the idea. Register file photo


• City plans to move forward with light in summer 2013

BROOKINGS – Several neighbors, a bus driver and a crossing guard expressed concern Thursday night about the plan to install a stoplight at the intersection of 12th Street South and 17th Avenue South.

The light would direct traffic at the southwest corner of Mickelson Middle School, where things get pretty congested during prime drop-off and pick-up times before and after school.

City Engineer Jackie Lanning hosted the meeting with two representatives of HDR Inc., the Sioux Falls-based designer of the project. The stoplight, which Lanning and others said has been under consideration for a few years, would be paid for by the South Dakota Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Urban Surface Transportation Program. The light would include new traffic signals for both streets, curb ramps and crosswalks at the intersection.

Citizens who spoke at the informational meeting Thursday, held at the Brookings City & County Government Center, said they believe the light would actually slow things down in the area of Mickelson.





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