Starke County Commissioners Approve Four-Way Stop Addition

4-way_stop_signStarke County officials are moving ahead with the implementation of a four-way stop at a rural intersection to address sight distance problems. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler asked officials with the Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program at Purdue University to study three intersections and make safety recommendations.

LTAP agreed making the intersection of 400 North and 300 East a four-way stop because of sight distance problems. The Starke County Commissioners approved that recommendation unanimously last week. Ritzler says signs warning motorists of the new traffic pattern will be placed at the approaches.

The commissioners also agreed to let LTAP do a traffic volume study of the intersection of 200 North and 500 East to decide whether stop signs should be placed on 500 East instead of 200 North. It will be done at no cost to the county.

The third intersection studied by LTAP is 600 South and County Road 210 at Bass Lake, due to the sight distance problem at the triangle intersection. Purdue’s recommendation is to install a T-intersection to improve visibility for motorists turning left onto CR 210. The commissioners concurred with Ritzler’s suggestion to present information to the Bass Lake Property Owner’s Association before making a decision.