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Washington City Council approves new four way intersection

Antique tractor parade also approved, scheduled for June 6

A four-way stop has been approved at North Avenue D and West Fifth Street in Washington. The stop is in anticipation of heavy traffic to the new YMCA building located along West Fifth Street. A speed limit adjustment has been discussed hat would begin at North Avenue C and continue down West Fifth Street until the road curves. No decision on the speed adjustment has been made yet. (Union file photo)
A four-way stop has been approved at North Avenue D and West Fifth Street in Washington. The stop is in anticipation of heavy traffic to the new YMCA building located along West Fifth Street. A speed limit adjustment has been discussed hat would begin at North Avenue C and continue down West Fifth Street until the road curves. No decision on the speed adjustment has been made yet. (Union file photo)

WASHINGTON — A four way stop will be constructed at the intersection of West Fifth Street and North Avenue D.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Washington City Council approved two readings of an ordinance that would allow for stop sign placement. The stop sign on the west side will be an LED sign, meant to stand out to oncoming traffic to alert them of the new intersection.

The discussion of the added stop signs has been happening for several weeks as the council first tabled the discussion then approved the first reading of the ordinance at the last meeting. The cost of a lighted LED stoplight will range from $1,000-1,000 dollars, Mayor Jaron Rosien said.

Because of the new YMCA building being constructed, traffic flow has been a topic of conversation for the council. An adjustment of the speed limit on West Fifth Street near Highway 1 still is being discussed.

Currently, the speed limit on the curve is 40 before it drops to 25 near the new intersection.

Washington Police Chief Jim Lester said Tuesday there are more than 20 access points between Highway 1 and the new intersection to consider. For that reason, the chief will meet with Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson and bring a formal proposal for a speed reduction to the next meeting.

In other news, an antique tractor parade will drive through town on June 6 thanks to the Washington Chamber of Commerce. The parade is an annual tradition with the Washington Summer Classic and will continue this year.

The parade will start and stop at the Washington County Fairgrounds, according to a map provided by the Chamber. All who wish to observe are encouraged to stay in their vehicles, wear masks and practice social distancing.

The Chamber suggests the following locations for parking and observing:

Washington County Fairgrounds

Washington High School

Whitesell building

VTI, LLC

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Downtown square

Sunset Park

Pool

Washington Community Theater