Requests for Stop Signs

Criteria for Evaluation of Requests for Stop Signs

Installation of stop signs may be warranted when:
  • The street upon which traffic is to be stopped: Intersects with a State highway, intersects with a County road, Intersects with an arterial or collector street.
  • Two arterials or collectors intersect
  • In lieu of traffic signals
  • A vision obstruction exists in the sight triangle
  • The hourly vehicle volume or annual accident rate as determined pursuant to the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices exceeds the following: (Only accidents susceptible to correction by stop sign installation shall be counted).
Type of Stop Vehicles Accident Rate
("T" intersections only)
200 2
2-way 300 3
("T" intersections only)
400 4
4-way 500 5

Other factors of local significance which may be considered include:

  • Street width
  • Street alignment both vertical and horizontal
  • Pedestrian volumes both numbers and time of presence
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • Street function (residential or through traffic)
  • Schools
  • Parks
  • Bus stops
  • Type of vehicular traffic (trucks vs autos)
  • Change in traffic pattern (volume or direction)
  • Change in street pattern

The City Council may take into consideration other factors in the interest of public safety.