When implemented for the wrong reasons, stop signs create more problems than they solve. When stop signs are placed on one street, speeds tend to increase on the intersecting street. In these instances, motorists assume they no longer have to drive as cautiously though the intersection, because the other car is required to stop.
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The MUTCD lists the situations and conditions, or “warrants,” where stop signs may be appropriate. In general, they should be used where traffic volumes, restricted sightlines or the assignment of right-of-way is required.
A warrant is a set of conditions, listed in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which must be met in order to post traffic signs or signals.
Speed bumps result in an increased risk of personal injury to unsuspecting motorists and bicyclists. Traffic studies show that speed bumps only lower the speed of traffic directly adjacent to the bump. The average speed on streets where speed bumps are installed remains unchanged.
Applications submitted to the Traffic Advisory Committee will need to be accompanied by the application fee. If the request is approved, fees will be collected prior to installation of any approved requests that directly benefits the applicant, such as limited timed parking, white zones, etc. Prior to any required maintenance of the improvement, the same fee will apply and be billed to the applicant.
To submit a request to the Traffic Advisory Committee a Traffic Advisory Committee Request Application will need to be completed and returned with appropriate application fees.
The Traffic Advisory Committee will add the request to an upcoming agenda. The applicant will be notified when their item has been added to an agenda and may be present if they choose to ask or answer any questions pertaining to the request. All TAC’s action will be forwarded for City Council consideration at their next scheduled meeting.