Bill to remove Blue Ridge Road stop sign goes to council

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | 10:51 p.m. CST; updated 8:51 a.m. CST, Wednesday, January 19, 2011

COLUMBIA — Traffic flow might improve along Blue Ridge Road if the City Council passes a bill to remove stop signs and change crosswalk locations.

Issue: Bill 21-11 would remove the all-way stop at Blue Ridge Road and Skylane Drive. It would also remove a crosswalk at the intersection and put one in across Blue Ridge Road on the east side of Deer Run Drive.

Supervising Engineer of Traffic Scott Bitterman said a citizen contacted a member of the council, questioning whether the all-way stop was necessary.

An e-mail mentioned in documents brought before the council at its Jan. 3 meeting said reasons to get rid of the all-way stop included "wear and tear" to vehicles, problems in winter weather, bicyclists losing momentum and drivers not coming to a complete stop.

The documents included a Public Works analysis of traffic along Blue Ridge Road, which found the intersection did not require the all-way stop and recommended the installation of the crosswalk across Blue Ridge Road at Deer Run Drive if the stop signs at Skylane Drive are removed.

The cost incurred by the bill would be the $1,900 required to install the new crosswalk.

Vote: The council will consider the bill at the Feb. 7 meeting, Bitterman said.

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