One of Smithville’s busiest intersections upgraded to a four-way stop this week. Multiple vehicle accidents have occurred at the intersection, prompting officials to find a solution. With the intersection so close to Smithville High School and its softball fields, officials recommended a four-way stop to also help slow down the traffic on the main road. On the Main road, Smithville Rd or also known as Smithville-Hatley Rd, the County installed two Sign Alert Stop Signs – A Stop Sign with embedded LEDs that flash 24-7. Also, above the four-way stop, the County installed a four-way 24-hour flashing beacon to help notify oncoming traffic of the new stop sign. After installing the Sign Alert Stop Signs and the 24-hour flashing beacons, a law enforcement officer parked near the intersection with its lights on to draw attention to and help transition residents to the new Four-Way Stop.
Read more on the new four-way stop in Smithville at WTVA: http://www.wtva.com/news/New_Traffic_Signs_.html
Four way stops are great slowing down traffic, controlling traffic flow, and minimizing accidents on high volume city and county roads. Many optional upgrades are available for stop signs and 24-7 flashers to help increase the visibility and notify drivers of the upcoming intersection. Sign Alerts and Radars are just two:
1. Sign Alerts: Embedded LEDs in the stop sign that flash 24-7
2. Radar: Adding a radar to a 24-7 flashing beacon or Sign Alert increases battery life and helps eliminates drivers immunity to the flashing 24-7. When the radar detects oncoming traffic, it’ll trigger the LEDs to start flashing.