Neighbors want something done about intersection after 2 recent fatal crashes

THORNTON, Colo. -- Two deadly accidents  since July and the threat of more have neighbors near the intersection of Colorado Highway 7 and Quebec in Thornton contacting the FOX31 Problem Solvers for help.

There is a stop sign posted on Quebec, but traffic moves fast on Highway 7. A horrific accident on Saturday killed one person and sent four people, including an infant, to the hospital.

Another deadly accident occurred at Highway 7 and Holly Street in July.

Neighbors in the Eagle Shadow community said although they want a traffic signal installed immediately and are frustrated about the time it’s taking to get the job done.

Paul Dollinger saw the aftermath of one accident and is extremely unsettled about the safety of living so close to the roadway.

“I  just moved in here and I'm ready to put my house on the market," he said.

Mario Acklin, another neighbor, said residents feel “trapped."

"Everyone who lives in Eagle Shadow neighborhood, we have no choice but to go across this intersection," he said.

The  posted speed limit is 60 mph, but traffic flows much faster. Many said speed combined with a hill and what neighbors call confusing left turn lanes make the intersection risky at best for drivers.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said there were six accidents at the intersection from 2010 to 2015. More recent statistics are not yet available, but residents said new development is causing heavier traffic.

Paul Jesaitis of CDOT said getting the traffic light at the intersection as soon as possible is extremely important.

“Anytime a community rallies to try and get something that's important to them, CDOT is going to be there to support what they need," he said.

Although everything is in place to construct the traffic signal, other agencies are involved and there are some things that are out of CDOT’s control.

"In the last few days, we've actually gotten electric power to the site and obviously you can't operate a signal until you have electric power," Jesaitis said.

The traffic light is estimated to be working by the end of October.