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Parkside resident says intersection is unsafe

Posted at 5:14 PM, Jun 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 08:34:18-04

“This particular intersection is incredibly scary."

Living on the corner of Parkside and Florence, Pauline Fonzi says she’s seen her fair share of what she calls horrific accidents.

“I’ve seen it once where, the story was they were going towards the 198 and were going so fast and tried to take the curve and ended up spinning out and on a front lawn of this first house here and hit a tree, set a car on fire.”

Fonzi also says that morning traffic turns the intersection into a parking lot. In an effort to calm the traffic and increase safety at this intersection, Mayor Brown announced a $600,000 plan to reduce the street to a three-lane roadway with parking on the east side.

Fonzi agrees that changes need to be made to the intersection, but she’s not sure this is the answer.

“It doesn’t necessarily slow you down, your speed’s still going to be the same, and you’re just going to have more congestion.”

And the additional traffic in the meantime from all the road work adds to her frustration.

“I won’t be driving down Parkside for the rest of the summer. I won’t.”

Fonzi says she’d like to think these changes will help in the long run, but so far she’s not convinced.