Stop sign schizophrenia |

Stop sign schizophrenia

Dear Editor:

For a number of years, the schizophrenic stop sign at the corner of Durant Avenue and Aspen Street has been living two lives! In the summer, it commands drivers on Aspen Street to yield to traffic on Durant. But come winter, the stop sign changes locations; that’s right, in winter, traffic on Durant must stop and Aspen is a through street. Go figure!

Now unless we’re trying for the Guinness book of records, this is the town’s worst joke!

More seriously, it creates a real hazard; it confuses drivers on both streets. Seems to me that the function of city government is to protect people, not to put them at risk. Come on, guys: What are we paying you for?

I have some suggestions: Put the stop signs on Durant Avenue and leave them there all year. Why? Because uphill traffic approaching Aspen Street’s 14 percent grade often needs a running start to get up the hill during the snowy season.

Or if that’s too sensible, make the intersection a four-way stop all year long.

But let’s get rid of that silly, confusing, dangerous changeable stop sign!

Alex Biel


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