Neighborhood wants traffic study to stop accidents along Alameda Avenue

DENVER -- Neighbors living along Alameda Avenue in west Washington Park are asking the city of Denver to conduct a traffic study in hopes of finding solutions to prevent accidents and speeding drivers.

Shawnda Maher calls herself "a pro" at calling 911 because she's had to report so many accidents in front of her home.

"All of us neighbors have been worried we are going to come out here and find someone dead. Especially when you see someone leave on a stretcher and you want to get something done," Maher said.

Maher and her neighbors are ramping up efforts to get the city to conduct a traffic study with the hope engineers can find creative solutions to cut down on speeding drivers and crashes.

"Those are the people who can really come up with options we regular citizens can’t see," Maher said.

According to statistics from the Denver Police Department, there were 57 accidents along Alameda Avenue between South Downing Street and South Lincoln Street from October 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017.

Recently, a car crashed into Maher's neighbor's home. Maher said without a tree that slowed it down, the car would have killed the mother and daughter inside.

The next week, Maher watched someone get carted away in a stretcher because of another crash.

"We need something to happen sooner rather than later given how everything is escalating," Maher said.

The neighborhood is requesting people call 311 or email the city and say they support a traffic study along Alameda.

There will be a community meeting on at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Washington Street Community Center hosted by Councilman Jolon Clark to talk about the issues.