Yukon traffic lights create controversy

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For two and a half months now, the traffic lights at Garth Brooks Boulevard and Andrew Drive have been out of commission.

“Well, it malfunctioned originally,” said Yukon City Clerk Doug Shivers.

City officials said they had to order a part from out of state.

So, they covered the lights and decided to do a study.

That study found they don’t need them.

“The study concluded that, based on those criteria, there was no warrant for a traffic signal,” Shivers said.

But, many residents of the nearby neighborhood disagree.

“It’s just not safe,” Brenda Imel said.

The Imel family said it’s impossible to make a left turn out of their neighborhood.

They’re having to find alternate ways, which they said aren’t safe either.

“There’s people going through the parking lots to avoid it, which is illegal." Imel said. "There’s people making u-turns, which is illegal."

“It’s hectic, chaotic," Phillip Abbott said. "It’s terrifying when you have to turn left, and you’re waiting five to 10 minutes and hope you don’t get hit."

The EMSA ambulance crew that works the area said accidents have increased since the lights were shut down.

“It just seems like almost maybe twice a week, we usually run a call right in here, during the day, during the busy times,” said paramedic Justin King.

A flyer is circulating through the neighborhood, urging people to attend the next traffic commission meeting.

Residents said, whatever the solution, something needs to be done soon.

There are also many people on the other side, who say shutting down those lights has improved traffic flow through the area.

The traffic commission is meeting Thursday night.

They will ultimately make a recommendation to the city council, who will decide whether to fix the lights or permanently remove them.

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