Park may get 4-way stop at 2nd South and 7th East
By Natalie Cook
October 20, 2006 | HYDE PARK -- Citizens' requests
for a 4-way stop at the entrance to Shadow Bluff Estates
may get approval in the near future, making streets
a little safer.
The intersection of 200 South and 700 East is currently
a 2-way stop, but at last week's City Council meeting,
North Park Police Chief Hawkes proposed that it be made
into a 4-way stop.
Hawkes said most people stop there anyway, or at least
slow down because visibility is limited. The pasture
to the southwest elevates so motorists have a short
range of vision when they approach the stop.
"We have had several near-misses there and citizens
have requested it be made in to a 4-way," Hawkes said,
"which would reduce confusion."
So far, little opposition has been shown to the change,
but it has not yet been approved by the council. Mayor
Kooyman will likely pass the issue on to the new safety
council he is in the process of creating.
If the new stop signs receive approval, North Park
police will keep the signs covered to let people adjust
to them for two or three weeks before they are unveiled