LETTER: To 4-way stop or not, that is the question

From reader Birthe W. Achtner...

Your item in Friday’s paper regarding the 4-way stop at Josephine and Baker brought to mind what I would call the idiocy or lack of foresight in the planning that went into the 3-way stop at Hall and Vernon.

With all the bulb-outs in that intersection one has to drive slowly mind you to almost the middle of the intersection when coming from the east, otherwise you cannot see what is coming up the hill from Front Street unless you’re in the cab of a truck or a tall SUV.

As I see it, if people had proper education is dealing with 4-way stops it wouldn’t be a problem to have a such a stop at Josephine and Baker, but I’ve often experienced people driving through the 4-way stop at the intersection of Baker and the highway when it is not their turn. At least at Josephine and Baker the traffic is a bit slower, so less likely to cause problems.

I ask the city planners or traffic people to please do something about the intersection at Hall and Vernon as that is far more dangerous than the 4-way stop at Josephine and Hall.

Birthe W. Achtner, Nelson