Council approves trio of stop signs; City engineer backs all three requests from residents, school district

Published 8:03 am Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Austin City Council has unanimously approved three new stop sign requests.

City Engineer Steven Lang addressed the council concerning the requests during its work session on Monday. Citizens and the School District made the requests.

The new stop signs will be at:

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• 18th Drive and First Avenue Southeast: A citizen made a request for a stop sign at this location near Neveln Park following a crash, which was not the first at that location.

Lang told the council that, while a crash does not necessarily warrant a stop sign, he believed it would help clarify traffic movement and that the addition of a stop sign would not negatively impact traffic flow. He also said that the council approved the installation of stop signs at 18th Street and Second and Third Avenue Southeast shortly after the opening of I.J. Holton Intermediate School.

• 19th Street and Second Avenue Northwest: The school district requested a stop sign at this intersection due to increased traffic from the Oakland Education Center. This would create a four-way stop and will improve pedestrian crossing at the intersection.

• Second Avenue and 14th Street Northwest Service Road: A citizen requested a stop sign at this location near Wescott Field. Lang said that Second Avenue Northwest is the only service road connection along 14th Street that does not have a stop sign. It previously served as a one-way southbound road with parking for Comforcare when they had a facility south of Second Avenue, but has since been used as a two-way service road similar to the others along 14th Street.

Lang also said that five accidents occurred at that location between 2006 and 2012, but it is not clear if that was due to a lack of a stop sign.