NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk neighborhood has eight new stop signs.
The signs were installed in the Fairmount Park area of the city, which is where a teenager died after being hit by a car in September.
“People come through here like it’s the highway,” said resident Kay Killian. “The stop signs have done a lot to slow that rate down.
Killian has lived in the area for more than a decade, and says the signs are long overdue. She said, “They’d come sailing off of Tidewater and come screeching all the way down to Chesapeake and unfortunately that’s the side of the park that the fatality occurred.”
Back in September 2018, 14-year-old Jaylon Leary was hit and killed by a car while trying to cross the intersection of Shoop and Peronne Avenues.
The Fairmount Park Civic League shared a statement with 10 on Your Side saying:
“It’s been a long time coming. Since Shoop Park was redesigned and re-opened in July of 2008, the League has been concerned about the speeding along Shoop Avenue and the pedestrian crosswalk at Peronne Avenue with the renewed pedestrian use of the park. We had asked the city for traffic calming on Shoop Avenue since the redesign and over the years due to our concern of someone being hit or possibly killed. It’s unfortunate that a young boy was killed to draw attention to the street issues and get resolution. We will continue to pursue other traffic calming on Shoop Avenue and the Chesapeake Blvd where people speed to cut through the neighborhood to avoid the lights along Lafayette and Tidewater Drive. As a League we will continue to work with the City to bring attention to any issues and work to resolve them.”
The signs make each intersection all-way stops, giving neighbors greater peace of mind.
“An incredible safety feature,” said Killian. “We’ve needed it for a long time.”
As for drivers in the area, it’s clearly something new, but it’s something that might one day safe a life.
A spokeswoman with the City of Norfolk says stop sign lines will be going in soon.