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Letter: Jean Fitzgerald
Four-way stop not needed
Friday, April 6, 2012
I have lived on Corn Tassel Trail in Martinsville for 50 years. In all my years on this street I have seen only one accident at the intersection of Corn Tassel Trail and the old Spruce Street. It was a fender bender, and probably occurred because the driver with the stop sign on their street failed to stop.
Recently, two more stop signs appeared at the intersection of Corn Tassel and the old Spruce Street making it a four-way stop. Corn Tassel has always been deemed as having the right of way and there never seemed to be any misunderstanding about it. There were no stop signs on Corn Tassel at that intersection. But now there are. Sight is not a big issue as you can see the road in all directions. I always went straight through on Corn Tassel, cautiously looking around for anyone who might go through on Spruce. I never thought of it as being a dangerous intersection.
So now I would like to know why the signs were put up to make it a four-way stop. I find it to be more confusing now. And it is a problem, after all these years, remembering as you approach the intersection that traffic on Corn Tassel must come to a full stop. For my part, I wish that it would be put back like it was before.
I wonder how many more residents of this area might feel the same way I do.