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Four-way stop considered at intersection of Church, Houston streets

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City Council members voted Tuesday night to approve Resolution No. 982 supporting a four-way stop at the intersection of Houston and Church streets as part of the Houston Street reconstruction project.


City Manager Marc Maxwell told the council that state highway department officials, who oversees maintenance on the road since it is technically part of the state highway system, have indicated that the intersection does not meet the criteria for a four-way stop sign. The resolution, however, gives him the go-ahead to try and convince officials in Austin to make an exception.
Councilman Charles Oxford opposed the plan, however. He said on two different occasions in one week he had seen traffic backed up from the downtown square to the central fire station many blocks past the intersection. He said he and “many other” citizens would no longer come downtown to do business if the four-way stop were in place and caused such traffic congestion.
Other council members suggested such lengthy backups may be anomalies due to work already being done at the intersection. They also pointed out the need for safety — Maxwell said there have been 17 traffic collisions at the site in five years.

 

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