Public outcry reverses 8th and Vermont stoplight decision

The stop light at 8th and Vermont Street in Quincy will be put back in service

The stoplight at 8th and Vermont Street in Quincy won't be covered up much longer.

The Quincy City Council voted against a recommendation to remove the light Monday night.

The light had been covered up for several months, but residents of Sunset Apartments, located at the intersection, spoke out against its permanent removal last month.

Many said removing the light put the safety of pedestrians crossing the street at risk.

The city had considered removing the aging light to avoid replacing it, which would cost at least $20,000.

City Engineer Jeffrey Conte said a recent pedestrian count at the intersection, along with the negative feedback, were the reasons behind keeping the light.

"The peak was 38 persons per hour, which is pretty close to what the state would recommend signalizing that," he said.

The council did approve the permanent removal of the stoplight at 8th and Jersey Street, which could be used as a backup for the light on Vermont.

Conte said the Vermont stoplight still will need to be replaced in the next one to two years.

Alderman Tony Sassen asked Conte if he had contacted Sunset Apartments about sharing the cost of replacing the light; Conte said he had not.

Now that the light will remain at the intersection, Conte said he would like to work with the Illinois Department on Transportation to better coordinate the 8th and Vermont stoplight with the 8th and Broadway stoplight.