The two-way stop at the Antioch and Goza Road has been the topic of discussion at Fayette Board of Commissioners meetings for the past couple months, as the Board works toward a solution to reduce the number of serious accidents at the dangerous intersection.
At Thursday’s meeting, Public Works Director Phil Mallon shared with the Board a study of 49 accidents at the intersection over the last seven years. The study concluded that 91 percent of the accidents involved vehicles traveling east or west on Goza Road, and of those crashes, 70 percent involved one of the vehicles at a stop sign on Goza Road that failed to yield to the vehicle on Antioch Road.
Underneath the stop signs on Goza Road, a sign reads “Cross Traffic Does Not Stop”, but it’s clear the warning isn’t enough to prevent collisions with automobiles traveling roughly 60 miles per hour down Antioch Road. In past meetings, it has been discussed whether to put larger rumble strips on Goza Road or flags or flashing lights, but Mallon doesn’t think that’s solving the problem.
“The majority of people are stopping, then they are making the decision that results in this crash or accident,” Mallon said. “That’s one of the big reasons for pushing towards a four-way-stop versus a additional signs or pavement markings.”
The Board is in agreement that a four-way stop is necessary to prevent accidents, as is a study which determined a four-way stop, as opposed to a two-way stop, would result in a 68 percent reduction in crashes and a 77 percent reduction in injuries and fatalities.
“Those are overwhelming statistics,” Mallon said.
Before the motion passed without opposition to continue the progress on making the intersection a four-way stop, Commissioner Charles Rousseau said the proposal would be regarded as an “interim ongoing safety measure.”
While the four-way stop is the main implementation that will be used to prevent accidents, the Board knows that it is not the only precaution that needs to be made. Ahead of the intersection, there is a big hill on Antioch Road, giving unsuspecting drivers a lack of notice before reaching the stop signs.
Commissioner Steve Brown said it will take automobile drivers some getting used to at first.
“It’s going to be a huge change in paradigm for the drivers in that area,” Brown said. “A huge change.”
Therefore, warning lights, signage and other precautions plan to be implemented with the four-way stop to ensure that automobiles are not nearly as at risk to be hit as they are now.