There are no safety issues or problems at a four-way intersection in downtown Walkersville that would warrant additional stop signs or traffic signals, even though residents have complained of long delays and safety concerns driving through it, according to a study.
The $3,450 study, commissioned by the Walkersville Town Council, recommends no four-way stop signs or traffic lights need to be installed at the intersection of Frederick Street at West Crum Road and Main Street.
“It is recommended that a multi-way stop installation not be installed at this intersection,” the study said. “Furthermore, it is suggested that the current stop (signs) on the W. Crum Road and Main Street approaches is the appropriate form of control at this intersection, and no change is recommended at this time.”
The council is slated to discuss the findings of the study at a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Walkersville Town Hall, 21 W. Frederick St., too late for The Gazette’s deadline.
Town Commissioner Chad Weddle said in an interview Monday he was not surprised by the findings. Weddle said the council will be looking at other improvements that could be made.
“I think we were all feeling this is the way it was going to come out,” he said. “We’re now trying to think outside of the box.”
For example, installing rumble strips that would start in front of the Walkersville Post Office on Frederick Street and run south through the intersection would help, Weedle said.
Rumble strips are a road safety feature that alert drivers to potential danger by causing a vibration or rumbling sound transmitted through the wheels into the car’s body.
For several months, residents along Main Street have complained about the intersection, asking that four-way stop signs or a traffic signal be installed. They even presented the town with a petition signed by 30 residents asking for the signs or a signal.
The council hired Street Traffic Studies LTD of Glen Burnie earlier this year to study the feasibility of installing a stop sign or traffic signal at the intersection, Town Manager Gloria Rollins said.
Traffic counts were conducted at the intersection between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 30. The study found that 68 pedestrians and 5,843 vehicles used the intersection during that time period.
The posted speed limit along Frederick Street, West Crum Road and Main Street is 25 mph. A radar speed study also conducted Jan. 30 showed that motorists were driving between 27 mph and 30 mph.
There were four reported accidents at the intersection, according to data from Jan. 1, 2009, to Dec. 31, 2012.