Peters following through on pledge to work on traffic issues


ST. LOUIS – State Representative Joshua Peters in conjunction with St. Louis Alderpeople Brandon Bosley, John Collins Muhammad, Jeffrey Boyd, and Sharon Tyus in a partnership with the United States Department of Transportation, the Missouri Department of Transportation, the City of St. Louis Street Department, the Missouri Highway Patrol, and STL Police Department are conducting a road safety audit in North City St. Louis July 12-13, 2017.

The audit will be taking place on Natural Bridge Blvd in an effort to evaluate safety conditions for pedestrians as well as drivers. The two day audit includes a physical walking of the Natural Bridge Corridor within St. Louis City limits by all parties involved. During this physical walking tour they will be taking note of sidewalk and street conditions, and ADA accessibility.

The group will come together at the end of each day to discuss viable solutions to the problems exposed by the audit. As a focus city for pedestrian fatalities, St. Louis has been plagued with speeding problems and traffic issues. Many of the fatalities and accidents are concentrated in the area the group will be walking through.

“The Federal Highway Administration named St. Louis a ‘focus city’ for pedestrian fatalities, which means that it has 20 or more pedestrian fatalities per year. With all of these representatives deciding to come together, I am hopeful that this two day audit will help produce viable solutions. I promised that I would not rest until the decision makers developed a solution that would ensure the safety of our young people, and all pedestrians, and I believe that this audit is the first step towards making that happen,” said Peters, D-St. Louis.