Police chief:?Drivers getting used to four-way stops

Wes Franklin

A new four-way stop in Neosho isn’t really throwing drivers for a curve, though it still might take some getting used to, one official said.

Last week, city crews put in stop signs at the intersection of Kodiak and Norway roads (Waldo Hatler Drive). Previously, vehicles had to halt on Kodiak but not Norway, which runs east and west.

Earlier this month, the Neosho R-5 school district petitioned the city traffic commission to make a four-way stop at the intersection, citing safety concerns brought on by the newly constructed Carver Elementary on Norway Road.

The speed limit was also lowered to 25 miles per hour and extended west past the new elementary school.

So far, local drivers seem to be adjusting well to the changes, Neosho Police Chief Dave McCracken said.

“It takes people a little time to get used to something like that, but I think it’s coming along fine,” he said. “It hasn’t been a big issue yet. I think people realize the growth out there with the school and all. So it’s worked out pretty well.”

There haven’t been any tickets issued yet for failing to stop at the 4-way or for exceeding the speed limit in the new area, McCracken said. He later said there might have been a warning or two.

He said when the city installed a four-way stop at the intersection of South and High streets a few years back, it took some getting adjusted to, even by him. So there might be a short grace period.

In the meantime, Neosho police have been patrolling the area pretty tightly and parking near the four-way.

“We’re going to kind of watch it and have a presence out there,” McCracken said. “People pay more attention when we’re in the area, and hopefully they’ll get used to the sign.”

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