FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Deputy Police Chief Lester Baker told members of the Coburnville-Tripoli Neighborhood Association at last night’s meeting Framingham Police are recommending an illuminated stop sign at Winthrop Street intersection of Bethany Road.
Illuminated stop signs have LED lights, generally powered by solar.
Deputy Police Chief Baker said based on crash reports at that intersection drivers have out right said they do not see that stop sign.
More than 20% of the crashes in the neighborhood are at that intersection, said the department’s crime analyst.
The deputy police chief said the recommendation is for it to be illuminated 24/7.
There have been several serious crashes, including rollovers, at that intersection, including one earlier this month.
Illuminated stop signs, according to the Federal Highway Administration can:
- Improve driver compliance with regulatory signs through improved conspicuity; and
- Enhance visibility and recognition of regulatory and warning signs to drivers, especially under low-light or low-visibility conditions.
A Texas Transportation Institute study showed that LED (illuminated) stop signs showed a:
- 28.9 percent reduction in the number of vehicles not fully stopping; and
- 52.9 percent reduction in the number of vehicles moving through the intersection without significantly slowing.
District 8 resident and Framingham Traffic Commissioner Mario Alvarez told the neighborhood association members the Traffic Commission has “Winthrop Street Safety Issues” on its agenda for Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Building.