Tuesday, May 10, 2016

IMPORTANT: Temporary Traffic Change May 16-27, 2016

Dear Parents and Staff,

I want to make sure our whole community is aware of a temporary traffic change. This important announcement is from the Bedford Police Department:

Starting Monday, May 16th, and continuing through Friday, May 27th, the intersection at Nashua Road and County Road in front of Bedford High School will become a temporary 4-way stop intersection. In addition, on those same dates, the intersection of Liberty Hill Road and County Road in front of McKelvie School will also become a temporary 4-way stop intersection.

The Bedford Highway Safety Committee has been studying both of these intersections after hearing from you – the community – regarding traffic delays and crashes at both of these intersections. As a result, the Highway Safety Committee recommended engineering studies of both intersections to explore solutions to both congestion and crashes.

Part of the plan to improve both intersections includes a study of solutions, including 4-way stops.~ As you know, both intersections are currently 2-way stops.

For that two week period, temporary 4-way stop signs and traffic controls will be placed at both of these intersections.

Please review the rules of the road for 4-way stop intersections. If you have a youth operator in your household that drives to school or frequently transits either of these intersections, please take a few moments to discuss the rules of road when approaching and driving through a 4-way stop intersection.

First and most important – all traffic must come to a complete stop. This includes traffic that is in a designated right turn only lane which must come to a complete stop before proceeding through the intersection.

Second, the person in the intersection or whoever arrives first at an empty intersection has the right-of-way. If two or more vehicles arrive at the same time, the vehicle on the right always has the right-of-way.

To learn more about the rules of the road at 4-way stop intersections, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov and search for right of way at intersections.

I am grateful to the town officials for their work to improve these intersections. Please drive cautiously as we all adjust to the new pattern.

Sincerely,

Chip McGee

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