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Stop signs are short lived

by: Anthony Roberts, The temporary stop signs at Railroad and Main streets.

Sherwood addressed traffic safety concerns in Old Town, but the solution will be short lived.

Residents handed city council a petition with more than 30 signatures during the Oct. 17 meeting, asking the city to reinstall a stop sign at the corner of Railroad and Main Street. The intersection recently reopened after being closed for street renovations, and the stop sign on the Main Street as it comes into Old Town was removed because Oregon law prohibits cars from being stopped on railroad tracks. The city put temporary signs up before the tracks to slow cars before the intersection, but the Oregon Department of Transportation notified the city that the move was illegal, and has given them until the end of the first week in November to remove the stop signs.

Council discussed other ideas during the October meeting. Teets said her concern was not only the lack of a stop sign, but the number of children that are often on Old Town streets in the afternoon. The nine block section of Sherwood is home to two preschools, a learning center, and several other businesses geared toward children.

'I have a deep concern over the way traffic flows in that area now,' one resident told council. If you look at that area it's specifically geared toward kids.'

Council President Dennis Durrell suggested lowering the current 25-mile per hour speed limit in the entire nine-block grid of Old Town to 20-miles per hour. In an interview a week after the meeting, Mayor Keith Mays said city staff will be looking into the speed limit change and other measures to make Old Town safer.

'Our intentions were good,' Mays said. '[The signs] have to come back down by the end of next week … and staff and ODOT and the railroad, they're all gong to share ideas to help make sure that crossing is as safe as possible.'