In 2015, the City Council approved eleven new 4-way stops at intersections deemed to be dangerous.
The success of this legislation depends on driver attention and compliance, so having seen many a vehicle breeze through lights at Park & Seventh after they turn red, we're wondering how drivers are handling the decision-making at the 4-ways.
Residents asked for the signage in hopes of reducing speeding and accidents. The first ones were on Hillside Avenue where it crosses Evergreen Avenue and Prospect Avenue. After a tragic accident in October, concerned residents called for more 4-way stops.
At the Dec. 14 meeting, the City Council approved final passage of an ordinance designating nine more 4-way stops. The intersections are:
Belvidere Avenue and Ravine Road
Grant Avenue and Sherman Avenue
Watchung Avenue and Kensington Avenue
West Third Street and Monroe Avenue
West Fourth Street and Monroe Avenue
West Eighth Street and Field Avenue
West Eighth Street and Hobert Avenue
West Eighth Street and Spooner Avenue
West Ninth Street and Arlington Avenue
The last one is the site of the accident in which a driver failed to stop and struck a van, causing the death of a girl, 10, and injuries to several other children.
The rules call for drivers arriving at 4-way stops to yield to cars on the right. If you live near one of these intersections where signs are up, please share your impressions of driver compliance.