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Prior Survey Rejects 4-Way Stop at Wing, Main Streets

A survey last year determined the Northville intersection did not meet the criteria.

A previous survey determined that the Wing and Main streets intersection in Northville did not meet criteria for a four-way stop. Credit: Patch file photo
A previous survey determined that the Wing and Main streets intersection in Northville did not meet criteria for a four-way stop. Credit: Patch file photo
The City of Northville requested this month that a traffic engineer review the Wing and Main streets intersection and recommend whether a four-way stop should be installed.

However, the intersection was reviewed just last year. 

A review of the intersection in May 2012 by the Traffic Improvement Association (TIA) of Michigan determined that it did not meet the criteria for a four-way stop. 

Some of that criteria, according to a letter from TIA to Police Chief Gary Goss, included:
  • Five or more reported crashes in a 12-month period that are susceptible to correction by a multi-way stop installation. 
  • The vehicular volume entering the intersection from the major street approaches (total of both approaches) averages at least 300 vehicles per hour for any eight hours of an average day.
  • The combined vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle volume entering the intersection from the minor street approaches (total of both approaches) averages at least 200 units per hour for the same eight hours, with an average delay to minor-street vehicular traffic of at least 30 seconds per vehicle during the highest hour.
Since that survey, there has been more traffic in the area in part because of the Garage Grill & Fuel Bar, which opened last year. Goss said police have not seen an increase in accidents since it opened. Despite that, City Manager Pat Sullivan said he and the city council agree with the concerned residents

"It's time for a new survey," he said. 

He said he expects a recommendation from the traffic engineer in January.

Read more: The intersection at Wing and Main streets in downtown Northville confuses motorists.

What has been your experience with the intersection? Post a comment below.
Chuck Gelletly December 13, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Witnessing the near-accident a month ago has motivated me to keep following up on this issue. As a retired professional engineer, I am well aware of the needs for standards and rules in many situations. I am also aware of the difficulty in writing them to apply exactly to every situation. In this case, they really don't address the increased pedestrian traffic between Wing and Center streets, and the excessive speed seen by some drivers there. I don't think we should wait for an injury accident before we take action. Also, the cost of adding two stop signs must be minimal. I encourage those involved to go ahead and add the two stop signs, and increase the margin of safety for drivers and pedestrians to a more acceptable level.

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