Residents Seek a Safer Garth Avenue

3 years 9 months 5 days ago November 20, 2012 Nov 20, 2012 Tuesday, November 20 2012 Tuesday, November 20, 2012 1:41:00 PM CST in News
By: Lauren Richardson

COLUMBIA - Residents of South Garth Avenue are concerned about safety in their community. The narrow street fills with traffic everyday as students go to and from Grant Elementary School. Since the school does not have a drop off lane or a large parking lot for parents, so many end up parking on the side of South Garth Avenue. This makes it difficult for traffic to flow in both directions, and often causes congestion around the intersection with Broadway.

Just a few weeks ago, local resident Elizabeth Chang was hit by a car while loading her three sons into her van as she was parked on the side of the street. She is recovering, but the incident shed some light on what local residents have been dealing with.

It was not the first time someone has sideswiped a car on Garth. Residents of the avenue have reported many accidents on the street both before and after school hours. When school isn't in session, local resident Karla Lewis says people often entirely disregard speed limits.

" I would really appreciate them lowering the speed limit....Summer, as well as during the school year having it reduced so that the traffic is always at a slower pace, not so quick."

While there are speed limit signs on the street that tell drivers just how fast they are going, the accidents still occur.

"If I sit out on my porch and have coffee I can see the flashing thing...and before school gets in in the morning, you know six thirty or seven o'clock I can see people going 35 even 40 miles per hour before they get to the school sign that says 20. And they don't really slow down because it's time for school to be in"

Jason Becking has lived on South Garth for twelve years, and has seen many accident on the street. "My truck is always parked on the street and its been hit about ten times or so."he says. "I'd like them to put some speed bumps in...by school and by the library, at the middle of the road and down by Stewart."

KOMU has contacted the Columbia Police Department and the city of Columbia about  the situation. Neither has returned phone calls.

 

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One of several protesters charged after disruptions at a Kansas City rally for Republican presidential... More >>
38 minutes ago August 26, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Friday, August 26 2016 Friday, August 26, 2016 7:29:49 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – iPhone and iPad users beware: Apple has announced a new security update after finding out hackers have taken... More >>
1 hour ago August 26, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Friday, August 26 2016 Friday, August 26, 2016 6:24:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Thousands of people will come together Saturday at the annual Mid-Missouri PrideFest, but this year's celebration will be... More >>
2 hours ago August 26, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Friday, August 26 2016 Friday, August 26, 2016 5:21:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Special Administrative Board has unanimously approved up to $1 million to eliminate lead contamination after... More >>
3 hours ago August 26, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Friday, August 26 2016 Friday, August 26, 2016 5:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A recently released national report shows some Columbia entrepreneurs are having a lot of success. Inc. Magazine,... More >>
4 hours ago August 26, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Friday, August 26 2016 Friday, August 26, 2016 3:57:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Researchers at MU Sinclair School of Nursing and College of Engineering have come up with a way to... More >>
4 hours ago August 26, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Friday, August 26 2016 Friday, August 26, 2016 3:52:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools Board of Education agreed Thursday on a 57-cent property tax increase, following voter approval earlier... More >>
4 hours ago August 26, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Friday, August 26 2016 Friday, August 26, 2016 3:31:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Green BEAN Delivery, which is the largest online natural and organic grocery delivery service in the Midwest, donated... More >>
4 hours ago August 26, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Friday, August 26 2016 Friday, August 26, 2016 3:15:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man is dead after allegedly punching a man in a wheelchair — only... More >>
6 hours ago August 26, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Friday, August 26 2016 Friday, August 26, 2016 1:31:11 PM CDT in News
PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for scalding a 2-year-old... More >>
6 hours ago August 26, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Friday, August 26 2016 Friday, August 26, 2016 1:21:20 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A recently retired Springfield teacher has been charged with child molestation. The Springfield News-Leader reported... More >>
9 hours ago August 26, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Friday, August 26 2016 Friday, August 26, 2016 10:36:51 AM CDT in News
HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol was investigating a crash that left a suburban St. Louis police... More >>
11 hours ago August 26, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Friday, August 26 2016 Friday, August 26, 2016 9:04:50 AM CDT in News
WARRENSBURG (AP) — Authorities are investigating a bank robbery in Warrensburg. Police said in a news release that... More >>
12 hours ago August 26, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Friday, August 26 2016 Friday, August 26, 2016 7:45:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis woman who reportedly stabbed herself with a pen after her arrest for... More >>
12 hours ago August 26, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Friday, August 26 2016 Friday, August 26, 2016 7:37:00 AM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A former employee of a bank in southwestern Missouri's Aurora has been ordered to spend a year... More >>
13 hours ago August 26, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Friday, August 26 2016 Friday, August 26, 2016 6:35:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis suburb's police chief and top commander are on paid suspensions after complaints about... More >>
13 hours ago August 26, 2016 Aug 26, 2016 Friday, August 26 2016 Friday, August 26, 2016 6:23:00 AM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Central Chapter of Empower Missouri and guests gathered to talk about why it is in everybody's... More >>
23 hours ago August 25, 2016 Aug 25, 2016 Thursday, August 25 2016 Thursday, August 25, 2016 8:50:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Highway Patrol launched a new technology in an effort to crackdown on more traffic offenders.... More >>
23 hours ago August 25, 2016 Aug 25, 2016 Thursday, August 25 2016 Thursday, August 25, 2016 8:42:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 77°
8pm 77°
9pm 76°
10pm 75°
11pm 74°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:00p
Dateline NBC
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
8:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
Masters of Illusion
7:30p
Masters of Illusion
8:00p
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld