Study shows traffic light warranted for Brooks, Dore intersection


MISSOULA, Mont. - A busy Missoula intersection could get a traffic light just months after the speed limit was lowered.

In February city officials dropped the speed limit on a section of Brooks Street from 45 mph to 35 mph in near Dore Lane after the area was deemed a 'crash cluster.'

Another study of the Brooks, Dore intersection revealed the area warrants a traffic signal, welcome news to many area businesses.

"It would probably be a good idea…it might help the traffic flow and everything," said Cynthia Rye who works at the Hawaiian Shave Ice stand in the old K-Mart parking lot. "It gets pretty busy and you see a few almost wrecks out here and it's kind of scary."

"I think it's a great idea because this parking lot is going to have a lot of traffic, there's a lot of traffic on this road and it's a necessity," said Darla Burnham who works at the Black Horse Coffee Stand.

Increased traffic in the area is exactly what city engineers are expecting with the development of the South Crossing area where K-Mart used to stand.

Engineer Kevin Slovarp said the city is on board though it will be up to site developers Woodbury Corp. to approach the city for funding for the traffic signal. Slovarp said it could cost about $300,000.