Thursday, January 23, 2003
Hayden The intersection at Third Street and Washington Avenue will be a four-way stop as soon as the town can order the new signs, the Hayden Town Board decided at its Jan. 16 meeting.
The intersection was a four-way stop years ago, but now only Third Street traffic has a stop sign.
The board voted 4-1 in favor of the change; Trustee Ken Gibbons was the sole dissenting vote.
The decision came after the Town Board received a letter from resident Dana Haskins.
"I feel (the two-way stop) is dangerous and an ultimate liability for the town," she wrote. "I see elementary-school age (bicycle) riders proceed through the stop sign on Third Street without even noticing it because it is not an obvious place for a stop sign.
"Three times, just this month, a car on Third Street proceeded in front of me as I was about to take my right-of-way into the intersection from Washington. It is my humble, yet firm, opinion that the least we should do is make the intersection a four-way stop."
The board agreed.
The town is also looking into raising the speed limit from 15 mph to 20 or 25 mph, Town Clerk Lisa Johnston said.
"I think people avoid using (South Third Street) because it is slow," Johnston said.
That defeats the purpose, she said.
"Third Street was designed to take some of the traffic pressure off Poplar."
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