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4-way stop ahead

Posted 9/25/19 (Wed)

By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

The guessing game of who has the right of way at the most dangerous intersection within Watford City is finally over.
Last week, following a study of traffic at the corner of Main Street and 4th Avenue by the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT), the city of Watford City finally received permission to install four-way stop signs at the intersection.
And the city didn’t waste time putting up the signs as crews had the corners properly marked by mid-morning on Friday, Sept. 20.
“We’ve been asking the NDDOT to do a traffic study on this intersection for several years,” stated Grace Demars, city engineer. “They finally completed the study in July.”
And the study confirmed exactly what Watford City officials had long contended - that the intersection of Main Street and 4th Avenue was not only extremely busy, it was also a dangerous intersection when it came to vehicle accidents.
According to the study results, in a five-year period from May 1, 2014 to May 30, 2019, a total of 13 vehicle crashes were reported at that intersection with one involving a possible injury.

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