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Safety improvements coming to confusing intersection in Santa Maria

Work being done at dangerous Santa...

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Safety improvements are underway at the intersection of North Depot Street and West Fesler Street in Santa Maria. 

Some residents who live in the area say it's been a long time coming.

"It's kind of crazy sometimes, like people don’t know where to go,” said Juan Jasper, a resident in the area. 

Others who live in the neighborhood say they often hear cars getting into accidents.

"I’ve seen various accidents here and all you hear is the car screeching,” said Manuel Hernandez.  

Hernandez says he’s lived in the area for about three years. He says it’s come down to avoiding the intersection entirely. 

"It can be too complicated sometimes, I rather just take Main Street," Hernandez said. 

Construction crews are working to make this intersection safer.

Santa Maria city officials said 13 accidents have occurred along the intersection over the last three years. 

"I was coming home from work and some guy had the stop on Depot and didn’t stop. He kept going and I was shocked because there is a big stop sign there,” said Jasper. 

This safety improvement project is designed to make things a little less confusing for drivers. 

City officials say plans include: 

  • Adding median islands to help guide drivers 
  • Creating bike lanes
  • Eliminating the stop sign on northbound Depot Street  
  • Installing a stop sign westbound on Fesler Street
  • Creating more areas where pedestrians can safely stop when crossing the street 

Nearby residents say their ideal solution would be, "a stop light would be cool because people wouldn’t be confused,” said Jasper. 

City officials say the money for this project comes from a Highway Safety Improvement Grant and from gas tax revenues. 

The project is expected to be completed in early September. 

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