Paso considers new stop signs

A study on whether to add stop signs to an increasingly busy intersection on Paso Robles’ northwest side was approved by the City Council this month.

The $1,400 study, to be paid for by general fund reserves, will be done by the traffic-engineering firm Whitlock & Weinberger Transportation Inc. of Santa Rosa.

On Sept. 10, the city received a letter from a resident requesting stop signs at the intersection of 36th and Oak streets, where Georgia Brown Elementary School and the new First 5 Early Education Center are located.

The First Five center, which opened in September, is expected to add increased pedestrian traffic to the area.

The city receives many requests for stop signs, staff say, most commonly in relation to neighborhood speeding.

“But stop signs are used to control right-of-way conflicts, not speed,” according to city documents.

This 36th Street intersection has a one-way driveway exit from Georgia Brown School close by, and drivers on southbound Oak Street “may not expect or see drivers entering Oak Street from this driveway,” according to the city.

Stop signs on 36th Street will decrease the potential of conflicts at the driveway, staff suggest.

Paso Robles Public Schools supports the addition.