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  • Maintenance Services Division Manager- W. Mark Clark, (928) 855-3377

TRAFFIC SIGNAL AND SIGNAGE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Warrants for STOP Signs

STOP signs cause a substantial inconvenience to motorists, and studies have shown that over use of STOP signs results in motorists ignoring them thus increasing the chances of occurances of crashes. STOP signs should only be used where warranted as determined through a traffic study. STOP signs are not used for speed control. Speed control is a law enforcement issue.

Multi-Way STOP (4-way STOP)

The "Multi-way Stop" installation can be useful as a safety measure in assigning right of way at some locations. A traffic study is conducted to determine if a multi-way stop is warranted. The following conditions may warrant a multi-way stop:

  1. Where traffic control signals are justified, the multi-way stop is an interim measure that can be installed quickly to control traffic while arrangements are being made for the installation of the traffic control signal.
  2. Where an accident problem has been indicated by five or more reported crashes in a 12-month period that are susceptible to correction by a multi-way stop installation.
  3. Minimum volumes:
    • The vehicular volume entering the intersection from the major street approaches (total of both approaches) averages at least 300 vehicles per hour for any 9 hours of an average day; and
    • 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 8 hours, with an average delay to minor-street vehicular traffic of at least 30 seconds per vehicle during the highest hour; but
    • If the 85th percentile approach speed of the major street traffic exceeds 40 mph, the minimum vehicular volume warrants are 70 percent of the values provdied in Items 1 and 2.

Who determines when and where traffic control devices, such as STOP signs and SPEED LIMITS are used?

Lake Havasu City follows the guidelines for use and placement of traffic control devices as set out by the FHWA and published in the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The Transportation Division, Traffic Operations Section conducts traffic studies to assess locations and conditions to see if they meet the warrants as set forth in these guidelines. Based on the traffic study results, recommendations are forwarded to the Director of Public Works for implementation approval.

If you would like to request or report a sign, or would like additional information, please contact us at: (928) 855-3377

STORM RESPONSE

The Lake Havasu City roadways are grouped into 41 storm response areas. These areas are used to dispatch crews during storms and after-math clean-up activities. Each area is surveyed and rated for severity of damage and prioritized for work according to the resulting rating level. This allows for the most efficient and effective work approach.

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