At Monday’s Oskaloosa City Council meeting, council members unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance to amend the city code by amending provisions pertaining to through streets and four-way stops.
So, what does this mean?
It means the city has moved forward on proposed stop sign changes at several intersections in town.
According to an explanation of the city council agenda item, the public works department reviewed various intersections and determined that “conditions warrant modification of stop sign placement on certain city roads.” City staff then looked into the posting of traffic control signs at six locations and recommended changes at these locations.
The agenda item explanation further states that flow and volume of traffic were considered at these six locations. It was also found that there were no reported crashes at any of the intersections during 2009, 2010 and 2011. The proposed changes reflect the city staff’s attempt to address and resolve the city’s existing traffic control devices.
In addition to the six locations looked into by city staff, the removal of the two stop signs in front of Goodwill was discussed Monday night. Oskaloosa City Manager Michael Schrock Jr. said the area where these two stop signs are located was not yet examined by city staff but that it could be. Oskaloosa Public Works Director Akhilesh Pal said he would check into the code on this matter.
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