Butte commissioner pushes for crosswalk, stop sign downtown


BUTTE, Mont. - Butte-Silver Bow Commissioner Sheryl Ralph is trying to get a crosswalk and stop sign approved by Public Works near Skyline Park and Whittier Elementary School.

Ralph wants Public Works to make a sidewalk at the intersection of Continental Drive and Bayard Street going toward the park.

She also wants a four-way stop at the intersection of Sheridan Avenue and Yale Street by Whittier Elementary where kids cross to go to school.

Ralph says those areas are frequented by children, senior citizens and dogs.

She says not having a crosswalk and four-way stop in those areas is a safety hazard, especially since some people walk slower than others.

She says traffic and fast cars are also a big factor.

Butte resident Megan Beckett agrees a crosswalk by Skyline Park would be worthwhile.

"That would probably be a good idea. It would be safer. It is definitely a safety hazard not having it. With all the kids and the dogs that come to this park it would be a good thing," she said.

A commissioners meeting is scheduled Wednesday night at the Butte-Silver Bow County Courthouse at 7:30 p.m., where Ralph expects to present her requests.

If the chairman chooses to go forward with the requests they will be discussed next Wednesday at the Butte Public Works meeting in Council Chambers at 6:30 p.m.