Shawnee Traffic Commission gathered at City Hall Tuesday evening to look into a request by local nonprofit South Central Industries and Housing (SCI). The agenda item had been deferred at the last meeting in January, as the board was unable to secure a quorum at the time.

Shawnee Traffic Commission gathered at City Hall Tuesday evening to look into a request by local nonprofit South Central Industries and Housing (SCI). The agenda item had been deferred at the last meeting in January, as the board was unable to secure a quorum at the time.

For pedestrian safety, SCI executive director Tina Hanna requested the city install stop signs for the east- and westbound lanes at the corner of 9th Street and Louisa. As the north- and southbound lanes already have stop signs, the addition would make the intersection a four-way stop.

In the request letter to the city, SCI Executive Director Tina Hanna said SCI occupies six buildings around the intersection, with an additional three buildings and a park in the vicinity.

“Our clients walk daily to and from work and home and cross the street multiple times between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.,” she said. “The traffic through this area is much faster than one might assume — and even with repeated warnings and trainings — it is impossible for us to get our clients to look both ways and to wait until clear before crossing.”

SCI is a nonprofit organization providing vocational and residential services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Hanna said her hope is that a four-way stop will slow traffic in the area.

Assistant City Engineer Michael Ludi recommended the measure be approved.

“I think it's a good idea,” he said.

Hanna said area neighbors also were very much in favor of the change, as well.

Ludi said a future project is to get sidewalks in the area to help with pedestrian traffic as funding becomes available.

Commissioners unanimously approved the item. Board members Paul Roberts and Travis Flood were not present at the meeting.