Four-way stop sign at Broad and Pine |

Four-way stop sign at Broad and Pine

After countless near misses involving pedestrians, a four-way stop sign is planned for the busy downtown intersection of Broad Street and Pine Street in Nevada City.

The new stop sign, which will cost a few hundred dollars, is expected to be erected sometime this fall on a three- to six-month trial basis ” the same time as changes to the overcrossing at Broad Street occur, city officials said. Then the sign could become


“I challenge you to go stand on the corner and try to pass during busier traffic periods,” Police Chief Lou Trovato said at last week’s council meeting, pointing to the public safety concerns.

The biggest difficulty comes as vehicles attempt to turn right or left onto Broad Street, city officials said.

Too often, motorists can’t see other vehicles coming on Broad Street and need to inch out into the crosswalk. These motorists don’t watch out for the pedestrians carefully enough and sometimes end up bumping them or nearly hitting them, according to Trovato.

“You’ll see cars backing up and bumping people,” he said.

“The fortunate thing is that everything is at pretty slow speed,” said City Manager Mark Miller.

It won’t be too much trouble to stop traffic at that busy intersection, said Councilwoman Sheila Stein.

“A lot of people stop there already,” Stein said, referring to some who think a four-way stop already exists.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail or call 477-4234.

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