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Pasco Neighbors Near Rd. 60 and Wernett Voice Concerns Over Accidents

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This is the scene at an accident Friday at the intersection. This is the scene at an accident Friday at the intersection.

PASCO, WA- Neighbors near the Road 60 and Wernett intersection in Pasco are concerned about the recent accidents that have happened in their neighborhood.

It is not the busiest intersection, but over the years, more and more cars have passed by. The neighbors' main concern is this stop sign at the Road 60 and Wernett intersection. 

"There's accidents, but they've amplified in that past few years," said Dennis Smith, neighbor.

"Oh gosh, in a year? I would have to say in a year, a minimum of four," said Pam Leighton, neighbor.

It may not sound like a lot, but it is the type of accidents that alarms residents.  Just last Friday, a car slammed into the truck and turned it on its side.  There is even a bus stop at the intersection.  Smith just wants something done fast.
     
"I want my white spacer bars on the road to see if that helps because i don't want to get a kid killed," said Smith.

He is talking about white lines on the ground right before the stop signs or maybe even making it a four-way stop.  With the accidents in the area, sometimes there is still big pieces of debris leftover.

The City of Pasco explained that making changes is not that simple.

"Anytime you put up regulatory signs, a stop sign, a traffic signal, it has to meet the criteria and the regulations," said Ahmad Qayoumi, City of Pasco Public Works Director.

Qayoumi said Pasco continues to grow so much that they are planning on making neighborhood traffic plans to see how they can maintain safety while more areas become busier.  

The residents in the area just want something done before it is too late. 

"The city engineer says if you try to put a four-way stop here, it might create more problems.  How can it get any worse?" said Smith. 

The neighborhood and the City of Pasco hope to come up with some solutions and Tuesday night, they will have a meeting to discuss those issues.
 

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