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What Intersections Should Have a Stop Sign?

Tell us in the comments.

Last year, the North Kingstown Town Council debated whether or not to add six stop signs to the Terre Mar Drive neighborhood. Twelve residents came out to oppose the signs, calling the proposal "overkill." Another resident, who made the proposal, hoped the signs would control speeding drivers through the neighborhood and avoid accidents. 

The council eventually shot down the proposal due in part to the neighborhood's low traffic volume. But, Terre Mar isn't the first and certainly won't be the last neighborhood to face this debate: to add stop signs or to not?

Do you know of a location or dangerous intersection where a stop sign is needed?

Share where it is in the comments section, below.


Mary Lenore Keszler September 17, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Right in front of Dave's market in Wickford would be a good place for a stop sign, along with the intersection of Smith's Castle and the Post Office area near the optical shop on Post Road. Both have pedestrians running for their lives to cross Post Road.
NKMom September 17, 2012 at 05:44 PM
The intersection of Hamilton-Allentown Road and Route 1A near Hamilton Elementary is an accident waiting to happen. People fly by on 1A without any concern for people going to and from the school. And the roads don't line up well, so making it across is a challenge. They need a light there and an officer at school start and end times until the light is installed. With the later schools times and more businesses on that corner, the intersection has gotten MUCH worse.
NKGOP Watch September 17, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Thats exercise for fat pedestrians, and target practice for the reckless driver. Win-win for two of the most under-represented groups! lol
E September 17, 2012 at 06:14 PM
The Annaquatucket Rd./ Tower Hill Rd. intersection, (in front of the Oakhill Tavern) also needs a light. The stop sign on Annaquatucket Rd. isn't enough, esp. between 6:45 - 7:15 a.m. M - F.
E September 17, 2012 at 06:21 PM
NKMom - absolutely ... and we know who to blame for those lovely later school times....
NKGOP Watch September 17, 2012 at 06:29 PM
When I was young, NONE of this was needed. It was when the selfish yuppies from upstate infested NK that our little gem became south warwick in need of lights and signs and such. Sad, but totally true.
kara ronci September 17, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Shore acres neighborhood , near the third Street Corner. people take that corner too fast...
NKMom September 17, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Many towns pride themselves on having no stop lights or few stop lights. They long for an age when people drove fewer cars and had less hectic lives. While this may be admirable, it is not reality. I am neither selfish nor from upstate, but I have move to NK more recently than many. I am sorry that anyone believes that NK is like Warwick. This myopic view may be in part why NK is so slow to embrace what it is growing to be....a vibrant town which has many attributes to show off and sell to those who come to RI whether to visit or to live. Making NK safer is only a small part of bringing NK into the reality in which we live. I hope that those who believe NK is going the wrong way branch out and see other small towns in New England which have embraced themselves as they are now and become great places to live and visit and along the way become more economically viable.
E September 17, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Live in the now NK GOP Watch. If you want to live in a place with no stop signs, go pitch a tent in the woods somewhere! Dear Lord you are a fruitcake! :)
DC September 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM
love it Erin!!!!
E September 17, 2012 at 11:09 PM
DC - ;)
Govstench September 18, 2012 at 01:23 PM
While I'm on the side of public safety and granted, we have many impatient drivers out there, stop signs are far cheaper than traffic signals. Most traffic signals are on state roads and cost an average $40k to $50k, depending on the intersection to control. The only signals I've seen on municipal highways have been flashing red or yellow signals or a crossing signal near a school. Everyone should know that a driver will run a stop light just as easy as a stop sign. It's up to law enforcement to position themselves at these high risk intersections and write up these offenders.
E September 18, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Govstench - Very true. Two addl. stop signs at this intersection, (one for travelers N, one for travelers S on Boston Neck Rd.) would probably be a safe, sufficient solution. At the very least, it is worth investigating BEFORE a costly traffic light is considered.
NK Parent September 18, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Anyone who has driven through the Stony Ln/Rt 2 intersection with any frequency should know that far too many RI drivers view a red light as merely a suggestion. The problem in this town is definitely the drivers. More stop signs or street signals will only go so far in protecting the rest of the us. I agree with Govstench in that the NK police need to step it up when policing many of these dangerous intersections. A cop stationed at the Stony Ln/Rt 2 intersection alone could solve all our towns money problems. :)
UnfilteredHonesty September 18, 2012 at 07:50 PM
This state is ridiculous with stop signs and lights, they're all in the wrong places! There should be a light to the entrance to Trafalgar East Apts for sure! Take your life in your hands going in and out. ALSO................. there should be a light on the turn around near Rite Aid on Frenchtown!!!!!!!! Not one mfer waits their turn at that yield sign and I've had two accidents because of you impatient genetic defects! Wait your bloody turn!!!!!!!!!! It's a red yield, not a yellow, which means stop and freakin look!

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