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Downtown lights becoming stop signs

As of March 22nd all lights in the downtown BIA will be flashing 24-hours a day.

This is a pilot project that will determine if the flow of traffic works better downtown with stop signs, stop lights, or a mix of both.

Councillor Noella Rinaldo some intersections may see too much foot traffic for stop signs to make sense. For example Pine and Third, she says if there’s a pedestrian at every corner they get the right-of-way but with pedestrians constantly crossing when will the cars go.

Meanwhile, Councillor Pat Bamford is concerned that people will pay more attention to a flashing red light then a stop sign. He wanted to see the pilot project actually use stop signs because if intersections do eventually change over to becoming stop signs permanently he wants to ensure a non-flashing sign will have the same affect on a driver.

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