Fourth, East streets intersection gets a four-way stop

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published January 12, 2016

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ROCHESTER — A four-way stop has been installed at the intersection of Fourth and East streets in downtown Rochester, due to traffic congestion from the new parking structure.

Rochester Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm said he received a request to review and look at the intersection, which was previously governed by a single stop sign.

“We looked (at) the intersection itself and how the parking structure, in particular, impacts that intersection. We also had the Traffic Improvement Association look, and we got the traffic study, in which case they looked at the accident rate, they looked at the traffic volumes at the intersection, and did some studies on how a four-way stop would improve the service, or basically the flow,” he said.

Schettenhelm said the traffic engineer’s recommendation was to add the additional stop signs to improve the flow of traffic, and therefore increase the safety of the intersection.

“Now we have a situation where everyone will get a chance (to proceed). What (was) happening (was) when the traffic was coming out of the intersection, they had to wait for all of the traffic traveling on Fourth Street,” he said.

The Rochester City Council authorized the intersection upgrade at the end of last month with a 6-0 vote. Councilman Stuart Bikson was absent from the meeting.

Councilwoman Ann Peterson said she thinks the upgrade is “long overdue” for that intersection, due to all of the parking in the area.

“I think it’s an awesome idea because it’s very hard to see people coming down the road there,” she said.

Councilman Ben Giovanelli agreed.

“This is a no-brainer,” he added.

Schettenhelm said the new stop signs were installed, but bagged, the week of Jan. 4. They were scheduled to officially go into effect Jan. 12, after press time.