By Jim Stanford on February 20, 2012
Update 7:20 p.m. 2/21: Victory! (for now) The council voted 4-0 (with Bob Lenz absent) to put off the resolution till a public open house can be held this spring on the Snow King corridor. See the comments for more info.
Mayor Mark Barron‘s controversial plan to remove stop signs from three intersections on Snow King Avenue faces a final vote when the Jackson Town Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The council will vote on a resolution to change four-way stops to two-way at Flat Creek Drive, Millward Street and Cache Drive. The signs would be removed this spring.
Of all the public comment the council has received, either at meetings or in writing, not one person has advocated for removing the signs.
Passage is not assured. Councilor Mark Obringer, who voted in favor of drafting the resolution last month, has said he will reconsider his support.
That means the vote likely will be decided by councilors Melissa Turley and Greg Miles, who in the past have advocated for pedestrian and cyclist safety. Bob Lenz was the lone councilor to vote against the measure.
Not only will removing the stop signs possibly lead to higher speeds and increased danger for nonmotorized travel, as Obringer has pointed out, but making Snow King Avenue a busier thoroughfare will erode the character of a residential neighborhood loaded with kids’ amenities, including the fairgrounds, boulder park, Snow King, Amaze’n Maze and Phil Baux Park.
It will, however, save motorists 20 seconds during the evening rush in August.
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