4-way stop aimed at boosting safety
By Clare Walters Correspondent October 10, 2013 12:48PM
Updated: November 16, 2013 6:02AM
Village officials are hoping two new stop signs will improve safety on a popular Shorewood thoroughfare.
The village board on Tuesday approved the creation of a four-way stop at Brookshore Drive and Deerwood Drive. There is an existing two-way stop for motorists on Deerwood, but the addition of signs on Brookshore will cause all traffic to stop at that intersection.
Village Engineer Bryan Welch said a traffic study on Brookshore determined the best course of action to remedy safety concerns at the road’s S-curve located north of the intersection with Deerwood.
“Realigning the road is very expensive and not all that feasible,” he said, adding that speed bumps also are expensive and difficult to maintain. “Probably the easiest thing we can do is implement a four-way stop at Brookshore and Deerwood.”
Better control of the intersection will increase visibility and decrease speeds, Welch said. The speed limit on Brookshore is 25 miles per hour, but vehicles travel in the low 30s on average, the study found. About 1,600 vehicles travel that stretch every day.
That traffic is of particular concern to Mayor Rick Chapman who said a pedestrian recently walking along Brookshore was clipped by a vehicle’s mirror. Brookshore is “a major north-south artery,” he said, and pedestrians are in close proximity to motorists.
“It’s a situation that we need to try to deal with,” Chapman said. “People in that area are going to appreciate anything we attempt to slow that area down.”
Trustee Jim McDonald said he’d like to see a long-range plan that would include sidewalks for pedestrians, but Welch said that because of utilities and water retention ditches such a project likely would not be cost effective.
Village administrator Roger Barrowman said installation of the additional stop signs is “the best way to go right now.” Future plans might include narrowing the lanes of traffic.
The new signs will be post-mounted and marked by orange flags for four months after installation. “Stop Ahead” signs also will be installed 100 to 150 feet in advance of all of the intersection’s stop signs.