• New 4-way stop coming at Gibson and Fountain

    At its July 14 meeting, the Traffic Safety Commission decided to ask staff undertake a study of the intersection of Fountain Avenue and Gibson Avenue. Gibson had previously been designated a through street from Eardley Avenue to Alder Street while traffic on cross streets, including Fountain Avenue, were required to stop at Gibson.

    “A lot of times people (traveling on Fountain) think that you (traveling on Gibson) are coming to a stop,” said resident Karen Sheppard at that meeting. She also expressed concern for middle school students going home at the end of the day.

    Conversely, there was also testimony that traffic on Gibson does, in fact, stop as if there were already a stop sign there.

    Staff took traffic counts, a peak-hour hand count and an accident analysis. They noted that the presence of many senior citizens from Canterbury Woods and Forest Hill Manor, the presence of a medical office and the fact that the area is a walking route for students from Robert Down and Pacific Grove Middle School result in higher than expected vehicle traffic and pedestrian traffic at the intersection.

    The installation of four-way stop signs at the intersection was approved on the consent agenda at the city council’s September 16 meeting.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on September 24, 2009

    Topics: Current Edition, Front PG News, Marge Ann Jameson

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