City makes changes at problematic intersection

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One week after a woman almost got run over by a car at an intersection just south of downtown, the City of Fort Wayne is making some changes.

Drivers are inappropriately using the Broadway parking lane as a turn lane and it has lead to a multitude of crashes over the years. 

Last week Sunday, NewsChannel 15 reported a crash at Broadway and Stophlet St. After taking the problem to the city’s traffic engineer, they told us they’d take action sometime in September. 

Then Thursday, another crash occurred at the same intersection. We told the city, and they agreed to move their timeline up.

Today they sent a work crew to paint white road stripes, also known as hashmarks, to discourage people from driving in the parking lane.

“This is something that we can do on our end, that’s simple with paint,” said City of Fort Wayne traffic engineer Kyle Winling. “Hopefully people pay attention to the paint and do what they’re supposed to. We want to make everything safer.”

Laura Hancock has been waiting years to see some sort of improvement. The crashes happen right outside of her store, The Building, which is at the intersection.

“When you see over and over again the near misses, the close calls, the actual accidents you hear them from inside and come running,” she explained. “It’s just a scary, scary corner, intersection.”

City of Fort Wayne public works crew adding white stripes to the problematic intersection of Broadway and Stophlet St.

She has seen dozens of crashes in her five years of owning the store. She has seen pedestrians, bicyclists, cars and even police get hit.

She witnesses Countless drivers commit the parking lane violation all day long.  

The problem is people are driving down the parking lane on Broadway, creating a lane for themselves. They’re impatient with the backed up traffic that the Broadway and Taylor St. intersection creates.

While driving south on Broadway, drivers drive through the parking spots by the curb to pass up cars and get to the Taylor St. turn lane faster but on their way to it, they forget about the Stophlet St. intersection and rush through it.

As people going north on Broadway turn left onto Stophlet St., they sometimes crash into the driver going down the opposing parking lane because they’re hidden behind cars that are in the “real” lane.

Hancock is skeptical if the road stripes will work, but is happy to see something finally being done.

“I am super excited,” she said. “I’m so glad that something is going to happen now. And this is a start. I hope this will work. We’ll watch them and I’ll see what happens.”

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