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‘Dangerous intersections’ identified near South High School

By Lauren Maxwell 7:19 PM January 9, 2014

State considers fixes to nine Hillside intersections

ANCHORAGE - Is South Anchorage experiencing growing pains? When It comes to traffic, the answer could be yes.

The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities looked at nine different intersections that may need improvements to make them safer or to handle higher volumes of traffic.

Several of the intersections studied are near South Anchorage High School, including the intersections of Elmore Road and Huffman Road and Elmore Road and De Armoun Road.

The DOT study showed those two intersections have a higher than average number of serious crashes and that many of the drivers are young — only 17 and 18 years old.

South High principal Kersten Johnson-Struempler is not surprised. Students have gotten into numerous accidents there over the years, she said, and would like to see improvements to make the intersections safer.

The DOT has already taken some steps at Elmore and Huffman. Recently, they installed larger stop signs at the intersection and plan on putting in a blinking light soon.

A long-term fix like a streetlight or a roundabout may be possibilities in the future, but the DOT said completing studies and securing funding for those are still several years away.

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