Council Votes 5-3 Against Making 16th and Barada a 4-way Stop

FALLS CITY – A proposal that would have made the intersection of 16th and Barada a four-way stop was voted by a tight vote by the Falls City council.

The council voted 5-3 on Monday in favor of trashing a request, to place stop signs on Barada street, next to 16th st.

Stop signs are already placed on one side of the intersection, on 16th street.

Citizen Terry Stradtman came to council last meeting in early April, requesting the move, which was then tabled until Monday.

She told the council that she had concerns about the increasingly busier intersection, with school getting out in May.

Armbruster Motor Company is currently expanding right next to the intersection.

Councilman Charlie Bentley  said he had been monitoring the intersection periodically over a 10-day period. While he said it did get busy at times, he didn’t see any reason for more stop signs.

John Vaughn of the Falls City council agreed, saying it would be overkill, with many stop signs already being placed on surrounding streets near the intersection.

Councilwoman Judy Murphy spoke in favor of the signs, citing increased traffic.

She along with Mike Dougherty and Kirby Robidoux voted against the measure to kill the proposal.

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