Almost a dozen pedestrian signals along Interstate 70 at the Paseo were stolen on Monday. The alleged incident caused about $30,000 in damage, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. MoDOT Assistant District Engineer Chris Redline encourages pedestrians and motorists to proceed with caution until new signals are installed.
“Stealing and damaging pedestrian signals at interstate crossings can compromise safety for people who rely on these devices to help them navigate busy intersections on foot,” Redline said.
MoDOT estimates that it will take about three weeks to replace the stolen signs. The Kansas City Police Department is investigating. Anyone with information is being asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.
Press Release from the Missouri Department of Transportation
KANSAS CITY – Thieves stole 11 pedestrian signal poles, bases and heads along Interstate 70 at The Paseo Monday, causing about $30,000 in damage.
“Stealing and damaging pedestrian signals at interstate crossings can compromise safety for people who rely on these devices to help them navigate busy intersections on foot,” said Assistant District Engineer Chris Redline. “The only people authorized to access these signals are MoDOT employees or our contractors. We encourage the public to call 9-1-1 immediately if someone spots what they believe to be suspicious activity alongside our highway system.”
Until the new signals are installed, pedestrians should proceed with caution, crossing the street in the same direction as the flow of motorized traffic. Motorists should be also be vigilant and watch out for pedestrians in the area.
A report has been filed with the Kansas City Police Department. It will take approximately three weeks, weather permitting, to replace the stolen signal equipment.