Portage commission approves four-way stop despite doubts

2013-11-07T17:10:00Z 2013-11-07T20:49:18Z Portage commission approves four-way stop despite doubtsJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | Aragorn Ilg has taken it upon himself to go door to door in his neighborhood, asking residents to slow down.

The effort, he told the city's Traffic Commission on Thursday, hasn't helped.

He and his wife, Jessica, and a neighbor approached the commission asking them to install a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Lakewood Avenue and Venus Street to help slow down drivers.

Jessica Ilg said the couple have three young children and there are many other youngsters in the neighborhood who use the streets to travel since their are no sidewalks.

They said there are some drivers who constantly break the speed limit and they hoped installing a stop sign on Lakewood at Venus would slow them down.

The Traffic Commission granted the request, but told the couple they doubted it would work.

Director of Public Works A.J. Monroe said he was concerned that drivers will simply accelerate after stopping and while it might impact the immediate intersection, it wouldn't help much.

"Stop signs don't stop speeding," Commission Chairman Mark Oprisko told the couple.

Members advised the couple to call police when they see speeders.

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