You may have noticed that we’ve recently had the Police speed trailer on S. Depeyster Street (in front of Bricco’s) to collect speed data on the street. We put that out to help us evaluate whether there’s data to justify converting the 2-way stop at the Erie/Depeyster intersection to a 4-way stop.
Currently, traffic on S. Depeyster Street heading south have no stop sign while the traffic on Erie Street heading east or west have stop signs.
From a traffic engineering perspective, the intersection should be a 2-way stop (the way it operates now) but we have watched some confusion by motorists on S. Depeyster who seem uncertain whether they should stop or go thru that intersection because in some respects it feels like a 4-way stop.
It seems to be that any confusion has caused cars to slow down and/or stop when technically they don’t have to and we’re thankful that there haven’t been any accidents to suggest that the intersection is dangerous and needs be changed.
However, we’re never fans of confusion in areas where cars have to cross so we’ve asked our City Engineers to evaluate the functioning of that intersection and come up with some options to reduce, if not eliminate, that confusion.
One of the first steps is to get the street striping completed which should help provide better cues to drivers and improve some of the site distance issues as we plan to push the parking spaces back further away from the intersection with the new striping.
In the world of traffic engineering, any changes made to traffic patterns have very specific criteria they have to meet before they can even be considered. When it comes to life safety issues, caution has to rule the day.
At this point, we’re examining and evaluating to see how this intersection stacks up against the engineering standards required for 2 way and 4 way stops. Hopefully a few small steps, like improved striping, will take care of the confusion.