Options discussed for Hammond intersection
The intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and County Highways T and TT was the topic of safety discussions at the St. Croix County Traffic Safety meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 18.
The intersection is currently a three-way stop, with traffic from the north continuing without a stop sign.
"Sometimes three-way stops can get confusing," St. Croix County Traffic Safety Engineer Greg Helgeson said.
Putting in a four-way stop at the intersection could be a challenge, as the southbound lane is on a steep hill. Helgeson said he does not want to have trucks stopping and then having to struggle to get going again.
To fix this, a platform would have to be constructed to move the grade down from the current 7 percent to about 3 percent.
"We want to make sure we've looked at all of our options," Helgeson said.
Hammond Police Chief Rick Coltrain said he hasn't seen many accidents with that intersection.
"I've been here for 25 years and I can probably count on less than two hands the accidents we've had there," he said.
The area causes problems mainly for people who don't know it, Coltrain said. He said the department gets some complaints, but not a lot.
"There's a lot of gestures made to people and horns going off but that's a whole other story," he said.
The accidents, Helgeson said, are usually not from people failing to stop, but making bad judgments once stopped.
Helgeson said it is a slow speed intersection, and all three directions that do stop have signs that say the southbound lane does not stop.
"It's well marked there," Coltrain said.
Fixing the problem wouldn't cause any further traffic problems, Helgeson said, but it wouldn't be easy to do.
"We're trying to balance the lessen the confusion versus what happens if we stop that traffic," he said.
No action or recommendation was made.