Two to the third power is eight, and to that end, two widely disregarded yield signs on Short Street near Oriole Park will soon be replaced with eight-sided octagonal “STOP” signs in a bid to …
Two to the third power is eight, and to that end, two widely disregarded yield signs on Short Street near Oriole Park will soon be replaced with eight-sided octagonal “STOP” signs in a bid to prevent accidents at the intersection, like the one that happened just recently on May 12, recounted in the bimonthly reports of Public Works Operator John Hoel and Police Chief Lance Weiland.
“After the traffic accident at the intersection of Short Street and First Avenue near the school yesterday and personally having a few near miss incidentss at the See STOP SIGNS, Page 3
One of two yield signs on Short Street, this one facing south towards County X.
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intersection something will need to be changed there,” Hoel said in his report to the Council, being echoed by Weiland.
“On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, we responded to a twovehicle crash with multiple injuries at the intersection of East First Avenue and Short Street,” he says in his report. “Eastbound and Westbound traffic on East First Avenue were marked with yield signs on Short Street. Short Street was not marked with any signage for motor vehicles. This area has been the cause of multiple close calls over the years and with sporting events/practice at Oriole Park, traffic in the area has increased significantly during certain times,” the chief wrote. “In speaking with the Mayor and John Hoel, the decision was made to swap the yield signs out for stop signs at the intersection to better help control that area,” he said. “Without this change and the stop line that was also painted on the roadway, there was a very good chance of similar traffic crashes in this area at the future. We are hopeful that these changes will drastically increase safety for everyone,” the Chief says in his report, with the catch that it depends upon following the signage, not yet posted as of the report date. Two to the third power may be eight, but whether the magnified signage will be followed, isn’t so mathematically determined.