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MODOT, SDC to Review Accident Site on 76


By: Sally Kaucher
Posted: Monday, December 12, 2011

Representatives of MoDOT, Silver Dollar City and the Discipleship Focus ministry will conduct a review of a crosswalk in which a Branson woman was hit by a car.  Nineteen year old Maizy Hicks continues her recovery from injuries suffered while crossing Highway 76 on December first.  She was off duty from her job at the theme park.  Because it’s on a state highway, the crosswalk is maintained by MoDOT.  District Traffic Engineer Joe Rickman spoke with HometownDailyNews.com…

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The crosswalk was installed in 1993 at the request of Silver Dollar City, for access between an employee parking lot near the service entrance, and the cabins of the Discipleship Focus ministry.  The cabins are used in the summer to house campers who spend some of their time working for the theme park. Silver Dollar City spokeswoman Lisa Rau says employees are routinely advised not to use the crosswalk…

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Rickman tells HometownDailyNews.com that he’s not sure removing the crosswalk would be a good solution, but that all options are open for discussion, including possible alternatives for crossing the roadway.  A date for the meeting has not yet been set, but Rickman says it will likely take place before the end of the year.

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A review will be conducted by MoDOT, Silver Dollar City and the Discipleship Focus ministry, of a crosswalk on Highway 76 in Stone County.  A woman from Branson was crossing the road the night of December first when she was struck by a car.  Nineteen year old Maizy Hicks continues to recover from her injuries.  She was off duty from her job at the theme park when the accident occurred.  MoDOT District Traffic Engineer Joe Rickman tells HometownDailyNews.com the accident has prompted the review…

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Silver Dollar City requested the crosswalk back in 1993, to connect the employee parking lot nearest the service entrance with the cabins of the Discipleship Focus ministry.  Those cabins are used in the summer to house campers who spend some of their time working for the theme park. Silver Dollar City spokeswoman Lisa Rau says park employees are routinely advised not to use the crosswalk, but to take the shuttle provided…

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Rickman says the entities taking part in the review will discuss options for improving the crosswalk to make sure it’s adequately marked, and consider possible alternatives to crossing Highway 76 at that location. The meeting is to be held before the end of the year.

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A review of a crosswalk in which a woman was hit by a car will be conducted by representatives of MoDOT, Silver Dollar City and the Discipleship Focus ministry.  Nineteen year old Maizy Hicks of Branson continues to recover from the injuries she suffered while crossing Highway 76 the night of December first, after going off duty from her job at the park.  MODOT District Traffic Engineer Joe Rickman tells HometownDailyNews.com the accident has prompted the review.  He was asked if removal of the crosswalk will be considered…

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The crosswalk was installed in 1993, at the request of Silver Dollar City, to provide access between the employee parking lot nearest the theme park’s service entrance, and the ministry’s cabins, which house summer campers who spend some of their time working at the park. Silver Dollar City spokeswoman Lisa Rau says employees are routinely advised against using the crosswalk, and are urged to take the shuttle provided…

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Rickman says the review will examine options for improving the crosswalk, as well as possible alternatives to crossing Highway 76 at that location. The meeting is to be held before the end of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Amazed - 12/12/2011 7:57:25 AM
So let me get this right, SDC DISCOURGES employees from using this cross walk, they have put up fencing to make it harder to cross there, 1 employee makes her own choice to use the cross walk, gets hit by a car and now there has to be a meeting to dicuss the cross walk? What is wrong with people? I am glad the young lady will recover, however it was HER CHOICE to cross there. Why is there any discussion about this cross walk at all? big WASTE of time and money.
Lisa Rau says employees are routinely advised not to use the crosswalk… - 12/12/2011 9:51:39 AM
So what are they suppose to do, walk out to the side of it, jump across 76, or just NEVER cross the road? They wanted the cross walk, MoDot built it, now when someone gets hurt they run for the hills and make this statement: Lisa Rau says employees are routinely advised not to use the crosswalk… Figures.....
If you build it, they will come!!! - 12/12/2011 11:02:42 AM
SDC requested the crosswalk and then routinely advise against using it! Spend some money towards the safety of your employees SDC. In discussing options, maybe try a walkway over the road. So sad for this young girl. Will pray that she makes a full recovery. Just wondering, what is SDC doing for this girl? By Lisa saying, "employees are routinely advised against using crosswalk" does this mean that SDC is trying to cover their backs in some way?
Read the story - 12/12/2011 12:11:50 PM
.....Take the shuttle provided. That's what SDC provided.....Come on folks!
OF COURSE! - 12/12/2011 1:21:04 PM
You nailed that on the head! This poor girl will probably never receive a dime from SDC...
Times do change - 12/12/2011 3:02:11 PM
In 1993 the traffic flow was much different than it is now. While the crosswalk may have been a good idea in the early to late '90s it is apparent that the times have changed. It appears that SDC realized this when they discouraged the use of the crosswalk. I didn't realize that the cabins or the work program were active this time of year. I have to wonder if it is possible that the young lady parked there just to be closer to work (not have to ride the shuttle provided from the employee parking lot) accepting that she would have to cross a busy highway at night.