Stop signs live on after Woodbury intersection is cut off

  • Article by: JIM ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 4, 2013 - 5:59 PM

Woodbury considers removing them, but neighbors say it won't be safe if they no longer have the signs to slow traffic.

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Tinye67Jan. 5, 13 4:15 PM

Remove them.....it's ridiculous they are still there from an intersection that no longer exists.

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ksolutionsJan. 5, 13 4:41 PM

It is completely preposterous that they would even study this issue for more than 5 minutes. The state has a uniform traffic control manual that directs how signs are supposed to be placed. It does not appear that the manual is being followed. This is a no brainer staff decision. Are you in compliance with the manual or not? If not, then get in compliance with the manual. This is the book that is used throughout the state and is the reason we have consistency in our road system. Having signs that make no sense will lead to crashes, injuries, and deaths more than putting illogical signs in illogical places. Stop signs don't slow traffic either. Studies show that people speed up beyond the speed limit to make up the lost time or they just roll through them which is what the article indicates is being done here.

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twincitizen1Jan. 5, 13 7:07 PM

Huh, I thought 'shaving down the hill' was always part of the plan...but I bet it was eliminated due to costs at some point. The easy solution seems to be eliminate the stop signs, lower the speed limit to 40, like the rest of Valley Creek Road. Not many people die going 40MPH...above that, death rates rise exponentially. Plus people are going to drive 45 anyways, so I don't think a 40MPH speed limit would be that terrible here. It will prevent accidents and possibly even deaths

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bobblumenfelJan. 5, 13 8:37 PM

Signs that are obviously no longer needed (as stop signs) will eventually be ignored by almost everyone. A more honest means of slowing down traffic (speed bumps?) is needed.

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jcwconsultJan. 6, 13 1:29 PM

Stop signs must meet rules called Warrants, or they cannot be installed or retained under the federal Manual of Uniform Traffic Control devices. The Warrants include things like traffic volume, cross traffic, crash history, special needs for access, etc. If this area does not meet the Warrants, then the signs must be removed. James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

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FrankLJan. 6, 13 2:20 PM

This is exhibit A of why people end up ignoring traffic laws. Stop signs are not meant for speed control. The real problem is these homeowners have narrow inadequate driveways that don't allow them enter the highway at a reasonable rate. If they widened their driveways, most of the problem would disappear.

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phlionJan. 8, 13 4:44 PM

Who needs a study? What a waste. A stop sign to appease one guy? City counsel: DO YOUR JOB AND REMOVE it already!

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