Beware Of Left Turns At 84th And Center

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

Construction is underway at 84th and West Center Road, making it difficult for some drivers to navigate through all the traffic signs. The city is widening the intersection to add another left turn lane.

Jeremy Karr says he was pulled over by police and given a $73 dollar ticket last week for turning left at the intersection. An officer says he failed to obey a traffic control device, but Karr says he didn't see the signs.

“The signs are over in the construction area. They’re not even on the road, so unless your watching the construction instead of the road you wouldn't see those signs at all,” says Karr.

East and westbound traffic on Center Road is constricted to one lane in the area.

Karr says the officer told him there were two marked signs near the intersection, one on a barricade and another on a post in the mess of the construction.

Both of which Karr says could be easily blocked by trucks.

The intersection is also marked with a sign on the traffic light warning drivers not to turn left, but Karr says when he got this ticket the sign wasn't there.

“I remember sitting there and waiting to make sure it was still green when I turned,” says Karr. “It couldn't have been there I would have seen it.”

Even with the traffic light sign, in a 30 minute period Channel Six News spotted several cars making illegal left turns at the intersection.

Karr says he thinks a ticket went too far.

“I think a warning would have been more appropriate then a ticket.”

Karr says he'll most likely fight the ticket in court next month.


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