City seeks input on four-way stop at Tenth Street

The city is asking if residents want the four-way stop returned to the intersection of Tenth and Main. 

A petition is available to sign for residents in support of the idea at St. Maries City Hall during normal business hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. City hall is located at 602 College Ave. 

Miss the four-way stop at the intersection of 10th Street and Main Avenue?

If enough citizens wanted it back it could possibly return.

A four-way stop at Main and 10th was installed temporarily last year while traffic was detoured during the construction of the bridge that crosses the railroad tracks north of St. Maries along State 3. It was taken down once the bridge was finished.

However, after hearing from residents, Councilman Randy Willard plans to place a petition at St. Maries City Hall for people to sign if they would like to see the four-way return. If there is enough interest, the petition would then be sent to the Idaho Transportation Department, who would make the decision as Main Avenue is considered to be a portion of State 5.

Mr. Willard said he is bringing a petition forward because residents have approached Mayor Tom Carver, law enforcement and him about the idea.

“They say getting on Main Street was much easier,” Mr. Willard said. “It also helped slow down the traffic on Main Street. I wouldn’t mind seeing it back as much walking as I do.”

Mayor Carver said the petition would need to have more than just “two or three signatures.”

“We need a pretty good representation,” he said. “If this is something people in St. Maries want we could send it on to the state because it is a highway of theirs and they would decide. In speaking with the city engineer, it sounds like something similar was accomplished in Wallace.”

Mayor Carver said those who talked to him about the intersection said the four-way stop at 10th and Main said was a good location to get onto Main Avenue during certain parts of the day. He said a four-way stop could also be helpful in the summertime.

“When it was in place I found myself going up 10th to catch Main because I knew I could get on it,” Mayor Carver said. “If it did go back up we would want the new stop signs with the big, flashing lights. But I think it would be a good thing if the majority of people want it.”

Those who work at businesses located at the intersection seem to agree. Lynn Marion waits tables at My Kitchen and said she thinks it would be very beneficial.

“There are a lot of people coming down 10th who have to wait for a while before they can get on,” she said. “It slowed people down. I’d like to see it permanent.”

Gary Gertje, manager of Les Schwab, agreed.

“It went fairly smoothly coming up Tenth to get out,” he said. “Trucks get balled up there in the summertime. I wouldn’t have a problem if they wanted to put the four-way back.”

He added, however, he would not want 11th Street to change back into a one-way if they did make the intersection a four-way stop.

“Leave that street to go either direction,” he said.

Residents who support bringing back the four-way stop should sign the petition at St. Maries City Hall during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. City hall is located at 602 College Avenue.

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