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New Stop Signs Appear in Williston

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When a city has around 15,000 people, it can get away with not having stop signs in places were there probably should be one. But with Williston's population doubling over the last few years, stop signs are becoming more important as new traffic patterns develop. Public Works has added some stop signs around town, and made a few other changes.

Drivers on 26th street west are used to going up and down the road without having to stop, but now there is a three-way stop sign at the 26th street west and 16th Avenue west intersection.

"Those are measures that we implemented to try and curtail some of the stacking and gridlock that's been experienced from some of the construction in the area," says Williston Public Works senior engineer David Tuan.

Those stops signs were put in yesterday, and are still being evaluated by public works. Tuan says it should take less than a week to figure out if they're working, or if something else needs to be done. Those aren't the only new stop signs in Williston. Public Works also put in a 4 way stop and 16th Avenue West and Bison. Tuan says the intersection has poor visibility.

 "That wasn't as much of a traffic flow issue, as much as a safety issue, so we put that in to provide a safe intersection for pedestrians and vehicle traffic," adds Tuan.

 22nd and 24th St. West at Pheasant Run are going to be open, while crews put in the roundabout on 26th street west. Drivers can use those road instead of going down 26th. With Williston continuing to grow, more stop signs are going to start showing up.

"This is something that the city will continue to do as they grow, and the traffic patterns change. It's based on recommendations given to us from the sign committee and the commission," says Tuan.

Public works is also implementing four more traffic control measures around town.

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