Northeast neighborhood gets more stop signs
By Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | March 21,2013
Motorists will still be able to drive through certain sections of the city’s Northeast neighborhood, but soon they will have to make a couple of more stops.
Mayor Christopher Louras announced Tuesday that the city’s Traffic Safety Committee had decided to install three-way stop signs at the intersection of North Street Extension and Thrall Avenue, as well as the junction of Hillside Road and Church Hill Road. He said the signs will go in once the ground thaws.
The decision came following a petition by a number of neighborhood residents calling on the city to do something about through traffic in their area and a subsequent community meeting on the subject.
North Street Extension resident Russ Lennon organized the petition drive and said motorists were using the area to avoid the intersection of Routes 4 and 7.
Too many of them, he said, were speeding or otherwise driving in ways inappropriate for a residential neighborhood, triggering safety concerns.
The group met with city leaders at the Godnick Adult Center in January, and Louras said they came away with the decision to look at placing stop signs in an effort to slow down the shortcut drivers.
Louras said he asked outright if everyone there supported more traffic control and, just to be sure, specifically asked if there were any concerns over that move.
“No one spoke to any concerns at all,” Louras said. “The city is being responsive to the desires of many people who live in the neighborhood.”