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Stop sign studied in North End

July 02, 1997

Speeders along Hamilton Boulevard in the North End might run into a four-way stop sign in the future.

Hagerstown City Council members Tuesday asked city staff to look into whether the stop signs would slow down traffic that had drawn concern from neighbors.

Members of the city's Board of Traffic and Parking had recommended reducing the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph on Hamilton Boulevard and Cleveland Avenue.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said changing the speed limit will not slow drivers. Also, accidents on Hamilton Boulevard are more likely caused by the poor line of sight at intersections due to parking along the curb, he said.

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City Engineer Bruce Johnston said some parking spaces would be eliminated to improve the view and staff would study whether a four-way stop would help.

More research needs to be done on the speeding problem at Cleveland Avenue where there are already several traffic signals, he said.

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