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City making changes to troubled intersection

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CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Mckinstry Ave. and Arcade St has seen its fair share of major accidents. After several complaints, the city is now looking for ways to make it safer.

"The speed limit is 25 mph. Is that car going 25 mph? There's times that trucks go by here I'm afraid to cut my grass in the front," said James Robak.

This isn't new for people who live here. Some have put up guardrails to protect their own homes.

"We have four children. My oldest is 9. They ride their bikes on the sidewalk and it completely makes me paranoid...even on the sidewalk," said Amanda Jordan.

City councilors are taking notice. They've vowed that change is on the way.

"Something will change at this intersection," said Ward 8 city councilor Gary Labrie.

Over the past few years, the city has removed trees from the street. But, residents say that's not enough.

"Last year, it took out our whole fence...$5,000. I'm just afraid that someday somebody's really going to get hurt," said Robak.

City engineers have studied the intersection. The problem is, they say there's not enough traffic in the area to warrant a traffic light.

"Sometimes, it's not just statistics. They need to look at this with an open mind. Something needs to get done," said Robak. 

City councilor vice president John Vieau says residents could see some  immediate changes.

"Possibly enhancing the lights with new LED's. We're talking about putting down some new paint at the stop sign and even some displays of stop on the actual pavement," said Vieau.

He says safety is the primary focus of this new collaboration that will involve police as well as the city engineer.

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