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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Kate S. June 07, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Hey, while we are at it, can the city please add a right hand turn lane at the intersection of Valley Creek and 19! Talk about a waste of gas! Sitting behind one car that is NOT turning right is enough to cause some major road rage for many!
Jennifer June 07, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I agree with you, Lynn. How is it really affecting your life by stopping? I think this whole discussion is a waste of time that could be better spent on more important things. Yeah, maybe some people find it pointless and annoying, so what? Just stop and go on with your life. It will affect you life for ~5 seconds.
HHF34 June 08, 2012 at 07:29 AM
Classic!!! (and appropriate for the grading on that stretch of road!)
Stephanie November 30, 2012 at 04:30 AM
I posted this on the updated piece related to this, but thought I'd add my comment on this article as well: Not to beat a dead horse, but, I think another solution to this would be to put in a large speed bump on both sides of the hill (with signs warning drivers) and remove the stop sign. This will force people to slow down, but they don't have to stop. Stopping is an issue when the roads are slippery and I've seen vehicles have issues trying to make it up the hill.
Kris Janisch November 30, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Thanks Stephanie, you never know if folks who were tracking this earlier saw the update.


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