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Dangerous intersection to be modified

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Brighton to add safety measures at infamous Sable Boulevard and 144 Ave.


By Tucker Reichow

 

 

MetroWest Correspondant

 

Brighton is stepping up to address the accident-prone intersection of Sable Boulevard and 144th Ave.

At a July 2nd City Council meeting, City Manager Philip Rodriguez said that every hour, less than 100 cars pass through on 144th street. On the contrary, Sable is traveled by about 1,000. As a result, about one car accident per month occurs at the intersection.

Brighton can only do so much to address the problem, however, because Sable is also a state road.     

The most recent tragedy to have struck on the intersection was on Friday June 21st. Aaron Philips, 34, who was athletic director of Wiggins High School and Special Education teacher passed away on Sunday night. In addition, Philip’s daughter and three other passengers were injured, according to the Fort Morgan Times. Sable was closed in both directions at 144th for the remainder of the day due to the crash.

Dave Petrocco, a local farmer, owns some of the fields near the intersection, which he uses to grow vegetables. The frequency of accidents disrupts with his businesses, said Petrocco to city Council. For example, the June 21 accident involved a semi-tractor trailer rolling into a nearby field.

At city council, Petrocco said, “We are getting closer and closer to harvesting and as that happens we are putting more traffic there and unfortunately it’s slow moving traffic, we have a lot of labor crossing.” 

Petrocco adds, “It’s really concerning, it’s quite bothersome, a concern to the business and a concern to maybe for the future of the business as well. We need something done there and done very soon, there are lives being lost, and we need to find a safer way to get it done.”

In response to Petrocco, Rodriguez said how the city seeks to resolve the issue.

“A few things that we’re going tostart tomorrow [July 3rd] we’ve ordered some 36-inch LED stop signs, that has LED lights that go around the perimeter of the stop sign. We’re also going to be adding some thermoplastic stop bars with the word “STOP” in full print on 144th in both directions, and we’re also going to do advanced warning signs ahead of the sign with flashing beacons.”

While there’s also an option to make the intersection a four-way stop, it could actually cause more accidents, said Rodriguez.

However, brainstorming and implementing long-term solutions can Rodriguez continued to say that, “projects of this scope usually take about a year to accomplish.”

Until then, the short-term solutions should do the trick, including an improvement in driver awareness.