Controversy over removal of stop signs at intersection in Arnold

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by Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 15 at 5:43 PM

(KMOV.com) – The city of Arnold is removing stop signs from an intersection many drivers consider dangerous.

The signs are being removed from the intersection of Old Lemay Ferry Road and Richardson Road. They were installed for both directions of Old Lemay Ferry Road in August because some were concerned the junction was dangerous. However, some drivers were unhappy with the signs.

"We started receiving complaints that the new stop signs were backing up traffic several hundred feet during peak times," City Administrator Bryan Richison said.

Richison said a traffic study was not conducted before the signs were installed, but a study conducted after the fact found there was not enough traffic to justify the signs. Richison also said if a car was hit from behind at the intersection while the signs were in place, Arnold could be held liable for causing the crash by creating a back-up.

For one resident, that answer is not good enough.

“If those stop signs save one person from hurt it is well worth it because people have to slow down a bit,” Cliff Gross said.

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