A familiar neighborhood downtown has made a change that drivers will need to note.

A familiar neighborhood downtown has made a change that drivers will need to note.

New stop signs have been installed at the corner of 9th Street and Louisa for east- and westbound traffic.

After a request was made by Executive Director Tina Hanna, of South Central Industries and Housing, the city approved adding two more stop signs — creating a four-way stop at that intersection.

In the request letter to the city, 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.

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.