Pittsfield councilors approve 4-way stop sign in West Side

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PITTSFIELD — West Side residents will get the four-way stop sign they requested at Prospect Street and Robbins Avenue — despite federal guidelines.

The council voted Tuesday to reverse a recommendation by the Traffic Commission, which had deferred a decision on the request.

Ward 6 Councilor John Krol argued that people are getting hit in the intersection, and this is something the council can quickly do to help them.

"They know their corner," Krol said. "The council has to take a step to support the neighborhood."

Public Services Commissioner David Turocy had argued the intersection wasn't a good candidate for a four-way stop given federal guidelines, and last month the Traffic Commission voted to refer residents' concerns to the commissioner to study alternative ways of addressing the issue.

But Krol moved to supersede the commission's recommendation, and most of his colleagues agreed.

Ward 4 Council Chris Connell cast the sole dissenting vote, urging councilors to respect the process and allow Turocy to study the intersection.

"This neighborhood can't wait 90 days," Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi said.

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.


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