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NOVEMBER 4, 2020, BAY CITY, MICH: Beginning Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, the traffic signals in the Downtown Business District will be changed to two-way and four-way stops, in preparation for the signals to be replaced with flashing beacons. The following intersections will be effected:
• Center/Saginaw (two-way stop, STOP on Saginaw)
• Center/Adams (two-way stop, STOP on Adams)
• Washington/6th (two-way stop, STOP on 6th)
• Washington/5th (two-way stop, STOP on 5th)
• Washington/4th (two-way stop, STOP on 4th)
• Washington/3rd (four-way stop)
• Madison/3rd (two-way stop, STOP on 3rd)
These are consistent with the change that was made to the intersection of Center and Washington avenues in 2016.
“The reasoning for the signal removals is for safety and mobility for the public”, said Public Works Director Robert Dion.
ROWE Professional Services Company performed a signal study throughout the City. The signals in the Downtown district are not warranted per the procedures outlined in the Michigan Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MMUTCD). When signals are not warranted, the safety at the intersections decreases, and a higher number of crashes, with higher severity, may occur.
Removing the signals will likely reduce the number of overall crashes. In addition, by changing the intersections to two-way and four-way stops, traffic will flow more efficiently.
Questions may be directed to Engineering Manager Rachel Phillips at 989-894-8181.