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Struthers installs four-way stop, receives mixed reactions

Published: Mon, June 24, 2013 @ 7:24 p.m.

Study found that intersection had high frequency of accidents

Traffic signs in Struthers garner negative reactions


Less than a week after the installation of a four-way stop at the intersection of state Route 616, Fifth Street and Lyon Boulevard, the vast majority of comments from Mohammad Asif’s customers have been negative.

“A lot of people are complaining,” said Asif, who owns the Shell gas station on Route 616. “They’re not expecting it. No one likes the stop sign, but something is necessary at the intersection.”

Asif said he’d seen several accidents occur at the intersection prior to the installation of the multi-way stop. Many of them involved a driver’s failure to stop at one of the two existing stop signs at either the east leg of 616 or Lyon Boulevard, he said.

The four-way stop just doesn’t make much of a difference, Asif said, adding that he noticed an accident soon after its installation. A traffic light or even a three-way stop, with a stop sign added to Fifth Street, might be more effective, he said.

“The four-way stop is not necessary,” Asif said. “[Drivers are] not noticing it. They don’t even realize what’s going on until they’re in the middle of the intersection.”

City officials, however, said they’ve heard both positive and negative comments about the new multi-way stop.

“I’ve had people call me up and thank me. I’ve had people call me up and call me names,” said Ed Wildes, safety service director. “We plan to monitor it, and are open to suggestions. It’s here to stay.”

Read more in Tuesday’s Vindicator


1rickking123(330 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Let's convert it to a roundabout instead.

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2rickking123(330 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

The problem is that there is also a gas station at the intersection that needs to have dedicated entrance and exits and curbs installed. Also the stop sign for traffic on SR 616 coming from Poland is too far away from the intersection.

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3Aware(254 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

I've been using that intersection for many years and never experienced a problem. The 4-way stop is insane. It should be obvious to anyone but a moron what the main 'street' is. This is all about the Credit Union move. It's disruptive.

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4JoeFromHubbard(1743 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

@ rickking123 :

I like the idea of a roundabout, little full stopping required as long as the incompetent drivers don't enter it.

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5struthersnieghbor(3 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

I think they should take down the red light that has now turned into a caution light at 5th St. and Manor Ave. and use it in place of the stop signs. It would be much more effective!! There is NO need for a caution light at that intersection.

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