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Needed safety changes coming to Garden St.

July 9, 2014

To the editor: Garden Street between South Payne Street and Center Street is undergoing some significant changes this summer, and they’re definitely for the better....

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Jul-09-14 6:59 PM

I was in a pretty bad accident many years ago. The driver that hit me said that he did not see a stop sign (it was an uncontrolled intersection and he was from out of town) so he assumed that he was on a through street.

I have asked former council members why we don't start installing more stop and yield signs. In so many words, I was told that that was unnecessary and uncommon. I can't think of another city our size that has this many uncontrolled intersections. Can anybody else name one?

Installing stop and yield signs would go a long way. They should also make 7th North Street a through street from Broadway to Garden Street. I'm not so sure that stop light on 4th South and Broadway wouldn't be a bad idea, either. There definitely needs to be one at Highland and Highway 14/68.

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Jul-09-14 2:33 PM

These are all great improvements, but the city needs to do more. I've yet to find a town with the amount of uncontrolled intersections that New Ulm has. Most drivers appear to not understand that the law is to yield to the vehicle to the right at all uncontrolled intersections. Some people think North/South or East/West has the right of way if there are no signs. That isn't the case. Also for Ped's safety... enforce crosswalk laws. There doesn't even have to be a crosswalk. There just has to be 2 corners that a ped wants to cross, and traffic is required to stop. A little more enforcement will go a long ways in safety for walkers. Biker's need to obey the same laws as autos. No more darting through intersections. Stop at the stop sign! wait your turn, or get off your bike and walk it across the intersection as a pedestrian.

Good Job New Ulm on the steps taken, but don't let it stop there. Let's make New Ulm safer on all the streets!

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Jul-09-14 8:20 AM

It was and it will not result in future changes to Garden Street.

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Jul-09-14 1:32 AM

How much will end up being torn up and redone when Jefferson and the High School as well as the Lutheran school change their traffic flow? This should have been done taking all this into consideration.

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