STARKVILLE — The intersection of Mill and Russell streets will be converted to a three-way stop. The installation of stop signs will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Cody Burnett, city engineer, explained that the changes are in large part to promote safety. Currently, the intersection allows Russell Street traffic to pass through without stopping.
“From a safety standpoint, it’s just to provide some traffic calming and to provide a place for pedestrians to cross eventually,” he said.
Burnett also indicated there are sight-distance issues, particularly for drivers approaching Russell Street from the west.
“I believe it’s probably due to the on-street parking on the south side of the road (on Russell Street, next to Mugshots),” he said. “There’s some difficulty seeing out for approaching vehicles from the west. And so providing that stop would also give the benefit of making sure you can exit those streets safely.”
Drivers are being encouraged to use caution in the area while the community becomes familiar with the change. According to Tiara Cole, street department administrative assistant, traffic will not be rerouted while the signs are being installed.
“We’re going to have some traffic control — we’re not going to shut down the whole (area), but we’ll have someone out there directing traffic,” she said.
Cole said the installation should take approximately four hours, at most.