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City adds stop signs near Hagen

The city will add nine new stop signs to intersections near Hagen Junior High School over the course of the next week. Four new stop signs were placed at the intersection of Fourth Street West and Fifth Avenue West on Tuesday. "We are quite pleas...

Dickinson will add nine new stop signs to intersections near Hagen Junior High School over the course of the next week. Photo by Ellie Potter/The Dickinson Press
Dickinson will add nine new stop signs to intersections near Hagen Junior High School over the course of the next week. Photo by Ellie Potter/The Dickinson Press

The city will add nine new stop signs to intersections near Hagen Junior High School over the course of the next week.

Four new stop signs were placed at the intersection of Fourth Street West and Fifth Avenue West on Tuesday.

"We are quite pleased that the city is agreeing to add some stop signs especially at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street West," said Vince Reep, assistant superintendent of Dickinson Public Schools. "That's going to be a four-way and we have ... accidents at that corner all the time, and we have had a safety concern about cars. Once they get past Hagen and start going west they just bomb it, they just don't slow down."

Two more stop signs will place at the intersection of Fifth Street West and Fifth Avenue West halting traffic running east and west. Another two will be placed at the Fifth Avenue West and Sixth Street West intersection halting eastbound and westbound traffic as well. The final stop sign will stop traffic heading south on Fourth Avenue West at Fifth Street West.

The remaining five will be put in within the next week depending on the weather, said Craig Kubas, Dickinson city engineer.

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Reep said some people think Fifth Avenue West is a through street and fail to yield on that road, causing accidents. These new stop signs may help alleviate this issue.

"Dickinson Public Schools is pleased to be working with the city to help with the safety of parents, patrons and kids," Reep said.

Most of these accidents involve parents dropping off their children at school or other patrons rather than students themselves, though there are usually a handful of eighth-grade students who drive to school each year, Reep said.

There have been no fatalities or accidents involving pedestrians at the Fourth Street West and Fifth Avenue West intersection, according to the Dickinson Police Department.

Kubas said the city might consider switching out some of the blinking stop signs located at other intersections in the city to place at the new locations so drivers are more aware of the new stop signs.

Regular stop signs cost $180 for the sign itself and the installment while the flashing signs cost $1,700, Kubas said. The funds for these stop signs come from the street department, which has a line item that covers repairs and new signs.

The four new signs currently have an orange flag to help signal drivers.

Kubas said he was unsure why the city was just now addressing the issue, but said the concern had been recently raised, so they decided to add the signs.

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He said part of the concern was that people from out of state or outside of Dickinson were increasingly moving into town and were less familiar with these uncontrolled intersections, those that do not have any markings or signs.

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