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New 4-way stop coming to popular Gainesville side street
Residents want safer intersection at Bradford and North
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A vehicle crosses the road Thursday on North Avenue as a truck approaches on Bradford Street headed toward downtown Gainesville. The city is looking to put a four-way stop at Bradford Street and North Avenue due to a petition from residents. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Four-way stop signs will be placed at Bradford Street and North Avenue in Gainesville in answer to a Sept. 19 petition by neighborhood residents.

“There’s some limited sight distance issues there,” Assistant Public Works Director Chris Rotalsky said during Thursday’s Gainesville City Council work session.

The new signs “will help control traffic movements to make sure that everybody is traveling through there safely,” he said.

Mary Jardine, a spokeswoman for the residents group, was happy to hear the news.

“We’ve been wanting that for years,” she said. “People start at the top of Ridgewood (Avenue) putting on the accelerator to see how fast they can go.”

Bradford is a key side street between downtown Gainesville and residential neighborhoods west of Green Street. While several intersections have four-way stops, the Bradford-North crossing only has stop signs on North.

“Many vehicles speed through our neighborhood, often with much noise, and frequently roll through the four-way stops,” the petition states.

“With additional occupancy of new homes and renovated apartments, pedestrian and vehicle traffic will only increase in our neighborhood, which is one of the closest to the Gainesville square.”

The group noted that three serious accidents occurred at Bradford and North in recent months.

The four-way stop was one of several traffic improvements requested by residents.

The group also is asking for the speed limit to drop from 30 mph to 25 in the Candler Street,

Boulevard and Prior Street neighborhoods, but also that police enforce the speed limit “for the safety of those who live, walk and work in our neighborhood.”

“We recognize that (the four-way stop signs) was a very significant item for (residents),” Rotalsky said. “That is why we wanted to evaluate that first.”

“They’ll be happy about that stop sign,” Councilwoman Ruth Bruner said. “That was their major (concern).”

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