Bob Moore, owner of Earthbound Recycling, collected 131 signatures on a petition to install traffic signals at the corner of Missouri Route 109 / Truitt Drive / Old Towne Drive in Eureka. He presented the petition to Eureka Mayor Kevin Coffey and Board of Aldermen at the board meeting Tuesday evening.
Moore's hope is that a full traffic signal at that juncture would create a safer intersection.
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Eureka Ward 3 Aldermen, Don Beckerle, agreed that "it is crazy getting off the highway there."
"When drivers cross from one side to the other side at that part of 109, you feel lucky. Like if you've made it across, you've done something special," said Moore.
He said given there have been 38 accidents since the year 2000 and countless near misses, it seems there would be a safer way to handle traffic flow at this busy roadway. He said two deaths also occurred at the area, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report for which he paid.
Eureka city officials will turn over the petition and request to Missouri Department of Transportation officials, who manage state roadways, such as Route 109.