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DENVER -- The city said traffic engineers are working quickly to craft a plan to install a traffic light at a dangerous intersection near downtown.

People living and working near the intersection of Lincoln Street and Fifth Avenue have seen more than a dozen crashes there this year.

In March, there had been 19 accidents in or around the intersection in the past year, according to the Denver Police Department.

Again on Friday, a pedestrian was injured after two cars collided in the intersection.

"I have front windows and there is always an accident, always an accident. I’m surprised they haven’t done something about it. People have died out here," Evelyn Hardy said.

Kimberly Scott said it's just as dangerous, if not more, for pedestrians.

"It’s really bad. It’s a dangerous situation," Scott said.

"I think it’s pathetic because it’s never crossable," Sean McGee said.

A spokesman for the city's Public Works Department said the city knows the intersection is an issue and engineers are working to craft a plan for a traffic light.

The goal is to install the traffic light in 2018.

"They need to hurry up and do it right away. It’ll save someone else’s life. People are dying out here," Hardy said.

In the meantime, the city has made safety modifications to the intersection, including larger stop signs to make them more visible, stop bars to help drivers yield and a temporary bulb-out to prevent drivers from changing lanes in the intersection.