Woodstock considers request for four-way stop

WOODSTOCK – The city is considering a resident’s request to put a four-way stop at an intersection that is just short of meeting the requirements for it.

The resident is asking that stop signs be placed on the well-traveled Country Club Road at its intersection with Bull Valley Road and Club Road. Despite an engineer’s report that showed volume at the intersection – specifically, on the two side streets – didn’t qualify for the all-way stop, city officials recommended the change.

The report was taken in the winter when traffic is lighter, and officials believe the intersection would qualify for the all-way stop if the report was taken in the summer. They’re also anticipating increased traffic after a dog park goes in at the northwest corner of the intersection, City Manager Roscoe Stelford said.

“The traffic was right on the cusp of where we needed it to be,” Stelford said.

Bull Valley officials are planning the dog park with funding from Woodstock. Residents from both municipalities will have access. A timeline for opening the park hasn’t been set.

The engineer report indicated that while traffic on Country Club Road is heavy enough for the four-way stop, the two side streets are short of requirements.

The resident who brought up the issue has said he’s facing long delays trying to make a left turn onto Country Club Road from Club Road, Stelford said.

Intersections also can qualify for an all-way stop due to safety standards such as a lack of visibility, or if five crashes that likely wouldn’t have happened with a four-way stop occur in a 12-month period. Within the past three years, the highest total of those accidents is four, according to the report.

Bull Valley Village Administrator Rich Vance said a four-way stop is a good idea for safety reasons. He said he’s personally had to slam on his brakes several times turning onto Country Club Road from one of the side streets.

But he added that he doesn’t anticipate the situation will worsen when the dog park finishes up. The village is planning for 7 acres and about 30 parking spaces.

“I don’t think it’s going to have a huge impact,” he said.

The City Council tabled the issue until its meeting Aug. 6.

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