Petition for Stop Signs on Country Club Rd. at Greenwood St.

Petition for Stop Signs on Country Club Rd. at Greenwood St.

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Jenny Klein-Sosa started this petition to City of Newton Public Safety and Transportation Committee

This is a formal petition requesting that 2 STOP SIGNS be installed along Country Club Road at its intersection with Greenwood Street in Newton, Massachusetts. Currently, two stop signs exist at this intersection along Greenwood Street, but none are in place to moderate traffic along Country Club Road. This poses a great many risks, as outlined below. 
 
What is happening?
 
The lack of stop signs at the corner of Greenwood St. and Country Club Rd. causes a SIGNIFICANT SAFETY HAZARD for automobile travelers and local residents, as well as the many young children who are frequently present at this intersection, given that it is a designated public school bus stop for the Memorial Spaulding Elementary School.
 
Greenwood Street is the larger, wider thoroughfare in this Oak Hill neighborhood, and as such, drivers tend to assume that cars on the smaller, narrower cross streets are required to stop. This assumption is based on the fact that a majority of stop signs at intersections with Greenwood St. are indeed placed on the minor cross streets, as observed at Arnold Rd., Littlefield Rd., and Brandeis Rd. Aside from the intersection in question, there are no other stop signs on Greenwood St. itself, with the exceptions of one 4-way stop (at Hartman Rd.) and the two absolute ends of the road (at Dedham St. and Dudley Rd.). It is clear that the stop sign placement at Greenwood St. and Country Club Rd. is an outlier.
 
As a result of this, drivers on Greenwood St. stop at the stop sign and then promptly continue, even when a car is visibly traveling on Country Club Rd. These Greenwood St. drivers assume the Country Club Rd. drivers will have to stop, but they do not! This confusion frequently results in near collisions, abrupt and dangerous stopping/skidding, tire screeching, and honking to avoid accidents.
 
These occurrences are observed daily by people gathered at the bus stops at that intersection. Specifically, there are three times of day when young students and their families are present there, waiting for children to get on or off the bus:  Between 7:30-7:55am, 12:20 -12:40pm (Tuesdays), and at 3:30-3:45pm. The first and last of these are high-traffic times of day. Should an accident occur at this intersection, there is a great likelihood that these children and their caretakers would be injured or worse, in addition to those directly involved in a collision. Additionally, this neighborhood is consistently filled with runners, dog-walkers, local running clubs (e.g., from the nearby high and middle schools), bicycle riders, and other pedestrians who are also at-risk every time they near this intersection.
 
What has been done?
 
A large number of local residents have observed dangerous situations and “near misses” caused directly by the lack of stop signs on Country Club Rd. Over the course of several years, many phone calls have been made to the city regarding this issue from local residents, yet nothing has been done to rectify the situation.
 
Further, it has also been observed that the lack of stop signs on Country Club Rd. encourages drivers to speed up in an attempt to disregard (or “beat”) the stop-arm signal of the school bus as it pauses for children. That is, if a permanent stop sign were in place, these cars would be required to slow and then stop no matter what, even if the bus stop-arm has not yet fully extended. After several calls to the city about this specific issue, a patrol car has been assigned to watch over this area on more than one occasion to ensure child and family safety. If the City has deemed it necessary for a police officer to monitor this area due to safety concerns at ANY point, they have acknowledged that there is a problem here that must be resolved.
 
What are we requesting?
 
We need a permanent solution to this problem. As residents of this neighborhood, frequent drivers in this area, parents of young students who are at risk, and observers of frequent near-collisions at this intersection, we urgently request the City of Newton immediately install stop signs along Country Club Rd. where it meets Greenwood St.

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