Updated: Are These Woodbury Stop Signs Really Necessary?
Councilwoman Amy Scoggins says the city should examine whether the stop signs at the top of the Valley Creek Road hill east of Woodbury Drive are truly needed.
Nobody stops there anyway, so what’s the point?
Councilwoman Amy Scoggins says it’s time for the city to revisit the need for the Valley Creek Road stop signs at the top of the hill between Woodbury Drive and Settlers Ridge Parkway.
“It’s inconveniencing a lot of people every day,” she said. “I don’t even know if many people stop.”
Several years ago the city closed off Cottage Grove Drive at that location, preparing for Washington County’s plans to redo Valley Creek Road and knock down the hill, Scoggins recalled. With roadwork plans now on hold until 2015, she said the time is right to take another look at the signage there.
“It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense,” Scoggins said.
She said the stop signs were initially put up to make conditions safer for a resident’s nearby driveway.
But she said she’s often questioned by citizens about the stop signs and added that she would be open to other types of signage at the location.
“We don’t want to create any safety issues for the family that lives there,” Scoggins said.
She broached the topic at a council meeting last week and asked that it be put on the agenda for a future workshop.
Here are some comments from the Woodbury Patch Facebook page on the matter:
Girish: Yes, I always wondered too. It is really peculiar spot - tip of the hill - where doing stop-and-go feels unintuitive.
Kathryn: To me it seems like a relic from when the road used to go through at that point.
Rachel: I thought it was left because of the blind driveway on the backside. Hate to be the person that would have to pull out of that driveway in 50 mph traffic.
Amy: It was supposed to be a temporary situation...only meant to be in place for a year or so. Then the county delayed their plans to redo Valley Creek Road. So, here we are, 5-6 years later, and no plans for any changes for another 4 years. I don't know what will happen as a result of the discussion, but enough people have asked me about it that I believe it warrants examination.
Rich: How would you like to be the one pulling out of that driveway with how fast the cars would be going without the stop sign?
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