Highway 22 Intersection in Dickinson Needs Signals

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DICKINSON (KFYR-TV) For four years, this Dickinson intersection has averaged one accident per month, all because of heavy traffic and impatient drivers.

"That cross traffic is going 35 to 40 miles per hour," said Michael Molina of Dickinson. "It can get pretty dangerous."

Highway 22 and Eighth Street Southeast has been a problem.

Molina says drivers who are trying to cross the highway wait for what seems like forever.

"It'd be great if we could do something about it," Molina said.

So the city looked into it and decided to make some new plans.

"It is our intent to put up signals at that intersection this summer, in anticipation, some of the other areas in town, the intersections that we studied that didn't have four-way stops, we actually put those four-way stops in," said city administrator Shawn Kessel.

City administrators studied many intersections in the city to see which need improvements and Kessel says this was one of ten that qualified for improvements.

"The average cost of that is $300,000, so it is expensive to put signals in, so we want to make sure we are doing it well, that it will make improvements and, hopefully, stop property damage and, of course, any injuries from happening," Kessel said.

The data shows Thursday afternoons between 5 and 6 p.m. are peak times for accidents at this intersection. In the meantime, drivers are asked to proceed with caution.

Kessel says back in the 1980s, the intersection had a traffic light, but it was later changed to a two-way stop.