City answers father's push for road safety where son died
A cross marks the intersection where Todd Strasser began his crusade. He set out to improve the corner where his stepson Jesse was hit and killed. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A cross marks the intersection where Todd Strasser began his crusade. He set out to improve the corner where his stepson Jesse was hit and killed.
"The day that that happened it was like somebody knocked my feet from underneath me," Strasser said."That's when I made a promise I would figure out a way to make this corner safer."
Strasser said the problem is that drivers at the two-way stop can't see the cars coming down Alexander Road. In March Jesse Bogue was killed when his motorcycle and another car collided.
After weeks of campaigning for road improvements and petitioning the city, Strasser's finally making headway.
The city said it's going to streamline the intersection, moving up stop signs and crosswalks, and installing curbs for better visibility.
"The most important thing is that they will have visuals now," Strasser said. "Before they had no visuals from either side."
Strasser said he originally wanted this intersection to be a four-way stop and drivers agree. One shouted out the window, "we need a stop sign here."
"I think it needs to have a four way stop system," neighborhood resident Melissa Swann said. "I think it's a pretty simple fix."
The city said there isn't enough traffic flowing through the intersection to warrant more stop signs.
"The stop signs aren't going to be in, but it's a huge difference just knowing this is going to be thinner," Strasser said. "They should be able to see everywhere once they get up to this corner."
In a statement to Action News, the city writes...
Mr. Strasser certainly brought attention to the intersection of Bradley and Alexander roads in the wake of the tragic accident that took his son’s life. He had requested that the intersection be changed from a two-way stop to a four-way stop. The city conducted a traffic study at Mr. Strasser’s request and the intersection simply does not have enough traffic to meet requirements for a four-way stop. However, the city’s traffic-engineering staff continued to look at ways that traffic flow could be improved through the intersection. It has been determined that some improvements will be made including construction of a concrete raised median to better guide traffic through the area, allowing the two-way stop signs to be moved closer to the intersection.