Stop signs go in at Idaho-Maryland intersections |

Stop signs go in at Idaho-Maryland intersections

New stop signs went in Tuesday on Idaho-Maryland Road in Grass Valley to accommodate traffic anticipated by growing commercial developments in the corridor.

The three-way stops are at the northbound offramp of the Golden Center Freeway and at Railroad Avenue. They were installed because the California Department of Transportation changed its requirements for signal lights that had been planned – and paid for with development impact fees – at those crossroads.

The project cost $135,000, including road widening that will provide for the future signals, City Engineer Tim Kiser said. Another $45,000 of repaving, which already had been planned, was piggybacked onto the project, he said.

Snarls were reported at the stop signs as surprised drivers tried to get into their correct lanes before reaching the traffic controls.

“There’s going to be the initial process of people getting used to the stop signs,” Kiser said. But drivers in both directions on Idaho-Maryland can stay in their lanes and merge on the other side of the intersections – even though the eastbound lanes are not yet striped correctly, he added.

The city has applied to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to move the power pole away from the edge of the eastbound lanes, Kiser said.


To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4230.

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