Control change expected to make intersection safer for firefighters

DOT upgrade at corner of highways 57, H will give signal control to local department
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

An upgrade next year at the intersection of highways 57 and H promises to keep Fredonia firefighters and their equipment safer.

The state Department of Transportation recently informed the Village of Fredonia that it plans to upgrade the traffic lights at the intersection.

Fredonia Fire Chief Brian Weyker told village trustees last week that his department and the village have an opportunity to gain control of the lights when fire trucks and ambulances enter the intersection, which has been a dangerous one for the department.

“We asked the DOT if we could get a traffic control upgrade, and they said sure,” Weyker said.

An Aug. 23 letter from the DOT notified village officials that the state will provide all Emergency Vehicle Pre-Emption equipment and will install it at no local cost.

The village will be responsible for installing the equipment on its vehicles.

The department currently cannot control the lights there and must stop when the light is red or creep into the intersection against the light.

In January 2018, an ambulance was totaled when it went into the intersection and was hit by a car that didn’t see it because it was shielded by a southbound semi-truck in the right lane.

The drivers of both vehicles were treated for injuries, but no one was hospitalized.

The replacement cost of the ambulance was $121,381 for a 2018 Ford chassis, with all but the village’s $1,000 deductible covered by insurance.

In the last month, there have been two similar close calls, Weyker said.

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