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Washington Council Discusses Traffic at Main Street and North 2nd Avenue

Posted: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 6:25 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

The flow of traffic and concerns of blind spots at Main Street and North 2nd Avenue in Washington were discussed by the city council Tuesday.

About two months ago the council approved changing the intersection from being controlled by a stoplight to a two-way stop for traffic on Main Street. Council members stated they’ve heard positive feedback with some concern about visibility, Jaron Rosien said, “Parking spots that need to be adjusted, I understand that parking is a premium, but I think that safety is the priority, was my thought there. Parking is a premium we don’t want to take it out, but safety is more important. So let’s fix the blind spots, leave it, and then check back in 60 days and see if it’s good.”

Council considered various options from removing parking spaces to making the intersection a four-way stop, to which Brendan DeLong said, “I think that if you change it to a four-way stop now there’s going to be more confusion. We’ve changed it to a two-way stop, north and south you can go right on through, and now if you change it to a four-way stop some people may not even stop there. Then we would have a mess.”

The council approved unanimously to direct staff to address parking at the intersection and to find a workable solution. That proposal will be presented to council at a future meeting for official consideration.