Intersection near St. Mary Towers gets traffic signal

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traffic light at atlantic and 11thThe city of Long Beach has installed a new traffic signal at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and 11th Street, near St. Mary Towers. Prior to turning the signal on, city officials will host a Traffic Signal Light Ceremony on Thursday, March 11, from noon to 1:00 p.m.

“Each day the senior residents of St. Mary Towers crosses busy Atlantic Avenue to attend doctor’s appointments, workshops, or volunteer at the St. Mary Medical Center and there have be a few fatal accidents. My hope is that this becomes a safe path for my neighbors,” said 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews.

For many, this cross section of the street is known as dead mans cross, due to the number of pedestrians that have been struck by cars while crossing. Although several individuals have made it across the street safely, a few were not so lucky. Like Harriett Moore, who was crossing the street 3 years ago to attend a doctor’s appointment and was struck by a speeding automobile. Unfortunately, Ms. Moore succumbed to her injuries.

“Harriet was a friend of mine and I have been asking the 6th District Council office for a traffic signal for many years and I am very happy that Councilman Andrews kept his word,” said Andrews Jacobs, St. Mary Tower resident. Just recently, another neighbor in the area was injured and a car grazed Meriza Yacas just last year.

For more information about the traffic light ceremony at the intersection of Atlantic and 11th by St. Mary Towers, call the office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816.

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