Four-way stop coming at Highway 33 and Durham Ferry Road
by TP staff
Apr 17, 2014 | 4365 views | 3 3 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
California Highway Patrol officers measure the scene of a fatal accident on January 30 at Highway 33 and Durham Ferry Road. Caltrans has announced four-way stop controls will be installed at the intersection.  Press file photo
California Highway Patrol officers measure the scene of a fatal accident on January 30 at Highway 33 and Durham Ferry Road. Caltrans has announced four-way stop controls will be installed at the intersection. Press file photo
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CalTrans will install a four-way stop at the intersection of Highway 33 and Durham Ferry Road.

The state agency decided to install the stop following an investigation by Caltrans District 10 Traffic Safety Branch after recent accidents in the intersection, one of which took a man’s life. Currently only traffic on east and west bound Durham Ferry must stop.

In a letter to Dodgie Vidal of the San Joaquin County Public Works department dated Wednesday, the Traffic Safety Branch said it reached the decision to add the four-way stop after studying traffic flow, roadway conditions, signage and roadway geometrics at the intersection.

That letter, forwarded to New Jerusalem School District Superintendent David Thoming who started a petition to ask the state for four-way controls, also referenced the history of collision reports and collision rates on the roadway.

The Traffic Safety Branch is calling for advance flashing lights to warn drivers about the stop.

A shrub obscuring the view of a “stop ahead” sign on west bound Durham Ferry Road will also be trimmed or removed.

There was no timeframe listed for the installation of the four-way stop controls at the intersection.

• Contact Glenn Moore gmoore@tracypress.com or 830-4252.

 

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adjkp
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April 26, 2014
Too bad nobody talked to the people who live in between this intersection and the school, like we do. Both of our kids walk to school at the New J/Delta Charter campus and they have lost count how many times parents speed down Durham Ferry Rd to and from the school, I also seem to recall the 2 accidents recently involving vehicles going to or coming from the campus.

I know it is important for the school staff to want the area safe, and I totally agree. However if the parents driving out here were not speeding and disobeying the stop signs it might help improve the overall safety, I don't think anyone would need to sign a petition for that.

Regarding the petition, only a small percentage of the students who are in the New J system actual live in the district. This means that these same parents, who drive in a less than safe manner, had no problems signing this petition - sure they won't have to worry about their street turning into a solid line of cars during school times.

We have been out here for almost 10 years and can remember 3 really bad accidents during that time, I'm sure there are plenty of intersections around town that have worse records than that.
nvernalis
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April 23, 2014
I 2nd that!! Thank you, Mr. Thoming!!
calimom25
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April 17, 2014
It's about time!!!!


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