Union Bridge council OKs stop sign for risky corner

October 27, 1992|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

Cars will make a new stop at a town intersection, and a holiday decorating contest is a go, the Union Bridge Town Council decided at last night's monthly meeting.

The council voted to put a four-way stop sign at the corner of Lightner Street and Broadway after a resident of the neighborhood called it a dangerous intersection.

Mark Wilson, a counselor with the state who lives a few houses away from the intersection, said a stop sign could prevent accidents that could seriously injure or kill some of the many children who play in the area.

"You can hear the cars slamming on their brakes as they get over that hill," Mr. Wilson said. "I know it shouldn't take a tragedy to have a Stop sign put up."

The council agreed with him unanimously, but Margaret Rinehart said she was not so sure the sign would slow cars or prevent accidents.

"I've been here 30 years waiting for someone to get killed [at the intersection of Farquhar Street and Broadway], and it hasn't happened yet," Ms. Rinehart said. "We have a state trooper who lives in the block, and cars speed down there all the time. Nothing is ever done about it."

Also at the meeting, the council decided that doors, lawns and the exteriors of town residences would be judged during a holiday decorating contest on Dec. 5.

Council member Bonnie Hyde outlined details of the event, which will include ribbons and cash awards for first, second and third place in the Doors and House/Lawn categories.

Interested residents should contact the town office of Ms. Hyde to register for the judging.

In other business, the town voted to spend $3,481 toward making the community center's bathroom accessible to the handicapped. This work will include adjusting the toilets for access by wheelchair, council member Scott Davis said.

A separate bid to widen the stalls in these bathrooms will be considered later, Mr. Davis said.

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