For Immediate Release
Four-way Stop Coming to South and Elm Intersection
The City of Springfield will change traffic control at the intersection of South Avenue and Elm Street from the current two-way stop to a four-way stop beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2009.
The four-way stop is needed to improve safety for pedestrians and motorists on Elm Street crossing South Avenue. There have been six crashes reported at this intersection in the last 26 months. The new four-way stop control will also serve to inform motorists on South Avenue of the need to reduce their speed traveling into the commercial business district downtown. Heading north, the speed limit on South Avenue changes at Elm Street from 30 mph to 20 mph.
New center median islands have been installed on South Avenue in preparation for this change so that the stop signs may be placed in the center of the street. This will allow the signs to be more visible to approaching motorists, since a stop sign on the side of the street could be obstructed by parked vehicles.
For media information, contact: Public Works Traffic Engineering, (417) 864-1980; or Louise Whall, Director of Public Information, (417) 864-1010.