The city of Reedley took a step forward toward the possible installation of four-way stop signs at the downtown intersections of G Street at 9th and 12th streets.

By a 3-1 vote (council member Anita Betancourt was absent), the Reedley City Council at the Feb. 12 regular meeting approved city staff to return to a future meeting with a resolution that would request approval of the four-way stop signs. Council member Mary Fast cast the lone “no” vote.

In a presentation to the council, City Engineer John Robertson said that the engineering analysis showed the city did not meet the first two specific requirements — called “warrants” — for placement of the signs. These were statistics showing numbers citing left turn conflicts and vehicle/pedestrian conflicts.

However, Robertson said the two intersections did meet a critical third provision — where a road user, after stopping, cannot see the conflicting traffic and is not able to negotiate the intersection unless conflicting cross traffic is required to stop. Council members Bob Beck and Ray Soleno specifically sided with this argument, saying they were concerned with the risk to pedestrians that include students walking to and from Reedley High School along G Street and senior citizens.

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