Neighbors voice concerns about dangerous intersection in Ogden

Updated: 08/13/2014 11:10 PM
Created: 08/13/2014 10:19 PM WHEC.com

It’s been the site of three crashes in the past two weeks, and neighbors say recently they’ve seen more crashes at the Union Street and Stony Point Road intersection in Ogden.

Community members say they want safety changes beyond the stop sign that’s currently at the intersection, and they voiced their concerns to the town supervisor at Wednesday’s board meeting.

“We’ve had cars wrecked in our yard. We’ve had three accidents in the last two weeks,” said Joyce Seaman, a resident.

One of those accidents claimed the life of a 27-year-old mother from Chicago.

Neighbors say the scream of brakes is a sound they have come to expect over the years.

“You can see the cross over there. A young lady lost her life there,” Seaman said.

The cross is for Andrea Kofahl who was killed at the intersection about 20 years ago. Her parents released the following statement to News10NBC on Wednesday:

“Since we lost our daughter Andrea at this intersection, we continue to hear of numerous accidents at this site. It just seems tragic that nothing has been done to improve safety there.”

“I wish they would put a flashing signal light there or something like that,” said Seaman.

Ogden Town Supervisor Gay Lenhard says the roads don’t belong to the town, so they don’t have jurisdiction over them.

Supervisor Lenhard says she’ll personally call the county and state to ask them to look into possible safety updates to the intersection, but she says she’s not sure things will change.

“The state is very reluctant to do anything to a road that is such a highway. I think we should try. I can’t tell you how it is going to turn out, but I can tell you we should try,” Lenhard said.

Members of the State Department of Transportation say they will investigate if they receive a certain number of complaints about any intersection.

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