NEW INFORMATION: Council approves new stop signs

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(WEAU) - The Eau Claire City Council has approved stop signs for two uncontrolled intersections.

The council voted unanimously to add a stop sign at Echo Valley Drive and Oakwood Hills Parkway and two more at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Rust Street. Some people in that area say those intersections, which are uncontrolled right now, are dangerous.

Traffic Engineer Ross Spitz with the City of Eau Claire says it was time to make the change. Spitz told us Tuesday "They were intersections that have changed se over the last few years. We've had different vehicle volumes increase and there was a sight-distance issue so it was just time to make those more controlled.”

People requested the signs earlier this summer.


EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Two Eau Claire neighborhoods are pushing for stop signs to be put into uncontrolled intersections that they say are becoming a danger to the community.

Tuesday, the Eau Claire City Council will vote on the putting the signs in the Third Ward and Oakwood Hills neighborhoods.

Supporters say stop signs are needed to keep up with changing neighborhoods while some may feel like it would mean too much stop and go.

A proposal to put in a stop sign at Rust Street and Lincoln Avenue was voted down by the city council six years ago.

But now neighbors in the Third Ward say things have changed, with construction from UW-Eau Claire pushing student parking into the historic area.

Neighbors say a slight hill and increased traffic from students reduces visibility when going through the intersection.

They recently launched a petition to make drivers on Lincoln Avenue stop at the Rust Street crossing.

“There have been too many accidents, some drinking and therefore some speeding,” said Shaw Liljeqvist, who signed the petition and lives near the intersection.

“I was approached by some of the neighbors and asked to help them get this on the council agenda so I ask it be introduced,” said City Council Member Kathy Mitchell.

The stop sign proposal is up for a city council vote on Tuesday.
“Yes, I am supporting it,” Mitchell said.

But some want to put the "brakes" on this.

“Rust Street is a quiet residential street and I don't think it needs a stop sign on every corner. There wouldn't be a concern if this parking issue was resolved,” said Pat Williams, who lives near the intersection.

On the south-side of the city, neighbors say new developments off Echo Valley Drive are causing hazardous traffic at the intersection of South Oakwood Hills Parkway.

“There have been several incidences at this intersection over the years, cars speeding through here, cutting the corners short,” said Steve Bloechl, who lives near the intersection.

Worrying about the bus stop, kids, pets and walkers in the area, neighbors started a petition to get a stop sign installed.

That proposal is also up for a council vote on Tuesday.

“I don't know that adding a stop sign is necessarily going to solve all the problems they're experiencing in that neighborhood,” said City Council Member Dave Klinkhammer.

But considering the support from the neighborhood, Klinkhammer said he's planning to approve the new stop.

“I would sure hope the city council would approve this project. In my viewpoint, it is a no brainer, it is for the safety of the children,” said Marty Hendricks, who lives near the intersection.

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