After 2 years of waiting and lobbying for help, residents in unincorporated Whittier will finally receive two stop signs at an intersection prone to accidents and speeders. The stop signs will be installed on Ben Hur Avenue at the intersection with Light Street, to create a four-way stop. The announcement came Thursday at a neighborhood watch meeting, from L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe’s field deputy, Joe Matthews. Bill Ashley has lived near the intersection for three years, in a house that belonged to his mother since 1975. He is optimistic about the new signs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’m not a guy to count my chickens before they hatch, but it sounds great,” Ashley said. Ashley has spearheaded the effort to have signs or speed bumps installed because, he says, the speeding poses a serious risk. “Since the day I moved in it’s been a problem,” Ashley said. “We don’t want someone to die out here, God forbid.” Matthews said the change is part of wider improvement in the community, including dropping crime rates and stronger traffic enforcement. This was made possible, Matthews said, by increases in funding for county areas. “The priorities are different,” Matthews said. “There’s more money in the till.” Sgt. Tonya Edwards said the unincorporated areas in the county will also receive more attention from the Sheriff’s Department, beginning with the recent purchase of three new patrol cars. Barbara Stevens, 76, has lived in her house on the corner for more than 50 years. She also attended neighborhood watch meetings out of concern about speeding on the corner. Stevens said she and her daughter, who lives in the house with her, are glad to hear that change will occur. “We’re elated,” Stevens said. “The traffic has really increased and it really has been a serious problem.” Stevens and other residents said they believed nothing would be done until a serious accident occurred on the street, and were surprised by the county’s promise to install the signs. “We get a lot of near misses,” Stevens said. “We see a lot of things that aren’t reported.” David Sommers, press deputy for Knabe, said the signs should be installed no later than Jan. 8. Sommers said the Public Works Department must still receive approval from the Board of Supervisors for the change, but expects it will be approved. “If residents want it and CHP is recommending it, there is no reason it shouldn’t be installed,” Sommers said. Sommers said he did not know what the cost of the project would be, and he did not have an estimate on what stop sign installation typically costs. According to California Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Zizi, that intersection has just one reported collision this year, when a resident pulled out of a driveway and was broadsided by an oncoming car. Farther down Ben Hur at its intersection with Reese Street, an additional crash was reported, caused by unsafe speeding. Last year, there were four crashes reported on Ben Hur. Zizi said more accidents may have occurred, but were not reported. Ashley said there have been at least five or six fender-benders on his street in the last five months. “When we did look at the statistics, we noticed that those four on Ben Hur … are an increase over the previous years,” Zizi said. Zizi said the residents of Ben Hur Avenue who worked to fix their area should serve as an example for others who see problems in their neighborhoods. “If they do see a potential danger in their neighborhood, give us a call,” Zizi said. “We’ll send the cops to monitor speed.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!