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Red Bluff Public Works proposes safety devices at Elm and Main Street crosswalk

A busy intersection in downtown Red Bluff could soon get some safety improvements, the Red Bluff City Council heard ideas from public works about implementing safety devices at Elm and Main Streets.

Posted: Aug 21, 2019 9:56 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2019 10:33 PM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - “This area is a drag race,” says Janet Seevers, when describing the Elm and Main Street crosswalk.

Seevers said crossing there in Red Bluff is putting your health at risk.

"No one is safe on this street because they don’t want to stop anymore... They don’t want to have patience," said Seevers.

Seevers lives near the area and says she sees drivers constantly ignoring the rules of the road.

Melonie Combs agrees.

"I know especially at night it’s dangerous. People can’t see, I’ve seen a couple of people try to get across the crosswalk before and people not wanting to stop," said Combs.

But that might soon change.

“The public works department is going to be presenting multiple options on pedestrian safety devices at that intersection,” said Robin Kampmann, the Red Bluff Public Works Director.

Action News Now spoke with those who cross the busy main street. They say there’s nothing stopping vehicles from accidentally hitting them and from the looks of it, this crosswalk warning device isn't functional.

"There's limited electrical at this intersection due to an accident not too long ago. All street lights within that intersection were powered from overhead utility lights and because of that accident those were removed,” said Kampmann.

When Reporter Jafet crossed the street – you can see drivers didn’t wait for him to get all the way across – like the law says – before driving through.

“A lot of the people who live here in Villa Columba Apartments are in wheelchairs its particularly dangerous for them they just can’t get out of the way," said Michael Coley, a resident of Villa Columba Apartments.

The Red Bluff City Council heard the safety proposals from the public works team on August 20, 2019. 

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