VALPARAISO | Adding stop signs is not something Valparaiso takes lightly, but -- after doing a traffic study -- it was decided signs are needed on Eastport Centre Drive at the entrance to Ivy Tech.
The signs were approved Thursday by the city's Board of Public Works and Safety following a recommendation from the city's Traffic and Safety Committee. The request came from Ivy Tech Community College and the Eastport Centre Board of Directors because of the difficulty students have exiting the campus onto Eastport Centre Drive.
Engineering Director Tim Burkman told the committee a traffic count at the intersection with Ivy Tech Drive showed the ratio of vehicles on the two roads to be much closer to 50-50 than he had anticipated with about 3,700 on Eastport Centre and 3,100 on Ivy Tech.
"They are not concentrated at any specific times but are spread out throughout the day until about 5 p.m., and there are no other stops along the road," Burkman said.
Public Works Director Matt Evans said most of the traffic is going to and from Ivy Tech, and he wondered whether the stop signs would make it harder for traffic to get through the intersection. Burkman said the traffic is not so heavy to cause much of a backup.
With the Board of Works action, Evans said he can get the signs up within a week.
Ivy Tech Vice Chancellor Aco Sikoski said speeding also is a problem on Eastport Centre, and he repeated his request for sidewalks along the road.
Burkman said sidewalks are the obligation of the developer. A waiver was granted at the time the road was built exempting the developer from installing them at that time but requiring them to put them in when the city deemed them necessary. The city is looking into who owns the land to try to get the sidewalks put in.