How to: installing stop signs

Q: People are always speeding through our neighborhood. How do we get the city to install stop signs?

 A: You can petition for one, but most residential streets don’t qualify.

With people trying to bypass rush-hour traffic and construction projects, our neighborhood streets can sometimes feel like racetracks. It’s not just an irritant; it’s a safety issue.

The chances are slim for getting all-way stop signs installed. The street must not be a thoroughfare (a high-volume street such as Skillman), it cannot be an emergency response route, and it must have at least 300 cars passing through each hour during an eight-hour period, with speeds exceeding 40 miles per hour. That’s why the city has a petitioning process in place. Homeowners and neighborhood associations must obtain signatures from two-thirds of the property owners who are within 900 feet of the proposed location. “It requires a great deal of work,” says Kerry Elder, the city’s transportation planner. “We get calls from all over the city, and most often, it doesn’t warrant a stop sign.” If the request is still denied, neighbors can appeal to the City Plan Commission, which would vote on whether to allow a sign even though it doesn’t meet the criteria. Elder says that road humps are a little easier to obtain than stop signs. To learn more, call 311 or visit

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By |2012-07-25T11:03:10-05:00July 25th, 2012|All Magazine Articles, City Hall, Launch|0 Comments

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