How does the city engineer determine whether or not to place a stop sign on a roadway?
Traffic studies initiated by the city in many instances determine that a stop sign is not the best solution for controlling speed. To those who call the city with a stop sign request, it may be frustrating if the city does not install stop signs. Stop signs are not effective in reducing vehicle speeds. Rather, studies indicate that speed control is best accomplished through voluntary self regulation achieved by educating drivers or by increasing enforcement of the posted speed limit.

Stop Sign Regulations. To protect the City’s liability, there are rules for stop sign installation that should be followed. These rules are established by the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and published in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

STOP signs tend to increase speed. Numerous studies conclude that stop signs are only effective at controlling vehicle speeds within 150 feet of an intersection. At the time of installation, speeds are initially reduced, but reduced speeds are not long lasting. Over time, some motorists actually increase their speed to make up for the “inconvenience” of stopping or disregard the stop signs altogether. Hence, solving a speeding problem by installing stop signs for one tends to relocate the problem to an unsuspecting neighbor, child, cyclist or pedestrian down the street. Vehicle speeds are best managed by the driver of the vehicle. Each driver needs to consider leaving a little earlier to avoid rushing and hurried driving.

Did you know?

The number of vehicles passing through some residential intersections is so small that stop signs are not necessary.

Some intersections have a YIELD sign installed when there is a street with a small number of cars intersecting a street with a larger number of passing vehicles.

Two-Way Stop controlled intersections are used when the right-of-way is assigned to the street most travelled. Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians entering or crossing such streets are directed to stop and ensure safe distances exist prior to entering or crossing the roadway.

All-Way or Four-Way stop signs are installed when the number of cars on the intersecting roads are approximately the same. Rules of courtesy among drivers are established for cars and cyclists turning or crossing the intersection. Pedestrians are advised to use caution while crossing all roadways.

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