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Neighbors At Davenport Intersection Have Seen Enough Accidents

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    Residents near an increasingly busy intersection in Davenport say they've seen too many accidents and are asking the city to do something about it.  A family contacted us shortly after the most recent accident at the intersection of Lombard and Warren Streets. It's a dense residential area with St. Ambrose University nearby. On top of speeding, the concern is that traffic on Lombard doesn't have to stop anywhere between Gaines an Marquette. In crash earlier this week a car ended up in someone's yard and neighbors say enough is enough.
      "I'm scared one of these college kids are going to get hit, and as a mother I'm scared for my kids out riding their bikes," said Jennifer Hamer.
       In her 12 years living at Lombard and Warren, Hamer says her family has seen countless crashes, even two of their own vehicles totaled.
      "We've had a couple vehicles crash one in our driveway and one sitting outside the home," she added.
      The speed limit is 30 mph but several neighbors we talked to say most drivers don't follow that. Visibility is also an issue with small hills on each side. Plus, with the growing St. Ambrose University nearby the number of pedestrians and the amount of traffic may be on the rise.
     "It seems whenever we go to ride our bikes or even crossing the street there's always a ton of cars," said Hamer's young daughter Baylea.
      The city's traffic engineering department statistics show nine reported accidents at the intersection since 2007. However, Hamer thinks a lot more go unreported. "There's a close call every day. You hear tires squeal and your heart drops."
     Ideas to improve safety include a four-way stop or lowered speed limit and more enforcement in the area. Hamer has been in contact with city officials hoping something can be done. Public Works Director Mike Clarke says that having that many accidents at one intersection is reason to look at ways to improve safety.
     "Just wish it would happen sooner so accidents like the one the other night wouldn't happen," said Hamer.
      Since these concerns were brought up the city's traffic department is in the process of studying traffic issues at the intersection to see if any changes are viable.