Stop signs at 28th Street and Territorial
In July 2021, a neighbor near the intersection of North 28th Street and Territorial Road requested from city Public Works that this become an all-way (four-way, in this case) stop, due to a large number of crashes, and seeing children have to run across Territorial to avoid traffic.
Public Works did an engineering study at this intersection, and found that the crash history alone was enough evidence to make the intersection an all-way stop. It was converted to an all-way stop intersection on Nov. 2, 2021.
The City Commission will vote on whether to make this permanent at their Tuesday, Feb. 15 regular meeting.
We follow Federal Highway Administration traffic codes, which allow us to make a four-leg intersection an all-way stop if a study finds that there were five or more crashes in a one-year period, or six or more T-bone crashes in a three-year period. An all-way stop intersection sees many fewer T-bone crashes, so installing the stop signs can help correct this.
The city's study found that, from 2017-2020, this intersection had six T-bone crashes. From 2020-2021, this intersection had 20 T-bone crashes.
Image description: Street from bottom, just before intersection. Trees on both sides. White SUV stopped on left leg of intersection. Car driving toward viewer with headlights on. "Stop sign ahead" sign on right, with orange flags attached. Stop sign beyond that, with orange flags attached.
New crossing signal on Cliff Street
Some traffic control will be changing on Cliff Street, near Post Foods, likely in 2022. We will remove the full traffic signal at Marjorie Street, and install a new pedestrian crossing beacon a half-block east of that, between Marjorie Street and Inn Road. This change has the goal of improving traffic on Cliff, and making the pedestrian crossing easier and safer for Post employees who cross from the parking lot to the plant.
It's called a High-Intensity Activated CrossWalK Beacon (HAWK), or a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB). It will allow traffic to flow on Cliff Street until a pedestrian pushes the button to activate the beacon. The beacon is off/dark unless someone pushes the button to activate it. Then it goes from flashing yellow, to steady yellow, to steady red over several seconds, to stop traffic and let the pedestrian cross. At the end of the crossing cycle, it blinks red, then goes dark again. That looks like this:
Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HAWK_Optimized.gif, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
On Dec. 21, 2021, the City Commission approved an agreement between Post and the city. Post will pay for the equipment and installation, and the city will maintain it. After 15 years, the city will own the beacon.
This video shows a HAWK beacon in Colorado, a good representation of what you will see on Cliff Street here in Battle Creek: