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7/11/2016 3:34:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Community Campaigns For Traffic Light

Amy Doeun

Community members meeting with county, city and state public officials.
If you have visited the Hmong Village on Johnson Parkway in St. Paul you probably know that parking is at a premium. Oftentimes market goers will have to park great distances from the market and walk. Currently the intersection of Johnson and Ames is a fast moving intersection with little to no traffic control. For pedestrians including the elderly and children crossing such a fast moving intersection on foot can be harrowing at best.

A group of community activists hopes to make all this safer for everyone involved. Their committee is named, Racial Equity on Johnson and Ames. Hmong Times spoke with Nelsie Yang about the process. Yang said that the community members had originally approached City Council Member Dan Bostrom about the options of putting in a traffic light at that intersection. He said that he would not be able to help with this project. The community members then approached Ramsey County Public Works, resulting again in an apparent roadblock.

Then finally on Thursday, May 19 community members were able to secure a meeting with county, city and state public officials about putting in a stoplight. Yang said of the meeting, "It did not go in our favor at all." It had taken the group months to get this far and they had sincerely hoped that this would be the end of the process. However these types of projects do not happen fast.

"All we got was a follow-up sometime in the next two weeks, but a date has not been set. They said they want us to focus on short-term goals like a four way stop. A lot of Hmong people do not know that we are pursuing this project for the community." The date will be set by the office of Jim McDonough, County Commissioner.

On Friday, May 27th, members of the Racial Equity committee gathered at the intersection of Johnson and Ames to make the community more aware of safe practices at this increasingly busy intersection. They also hope to garner more community support for traffic controls that will benefit all.

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