City removing downtown traffic signal

2013-02-14T09:46:00Z 2013-02-14T18:23:13Z City removing downtown traffic signalRegister report Napa Valley Register
February 14, 2013 9:46 am  • 

On Tuesday morning, the city will deactivate the traffic signal at the intersection of Coombs and Pearl streets, next to where the bus transfer station used to be.

North-south traffic will be controlled by stop signs, while east-west traffic will move freely without a stop, the city announced.

A signal is no longer necessary now that the bus transfer station has been relocated to Burnell Street, next to Napa Valley Exposition, the city said.

This change is intended to improve traffic circulation. Drivers are asked to use caution while motorists adapt to the new conditions.

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  1. rocketman
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    rocketman - February 14, 2013 10:53 am
    The traffic signal shoud be moved to Jefferson and Laurel, where it belongs.........
  2. anothervoice
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    anothervoice - February 14, 2013 11:07 am
    Will have to see it when I travel down that way. But one way stop signs are dangerous because cars that make the stop do not always realize cars coming across intersection from other direction do NOT stop and therefore stop and proceed, thinking the cars coming across will be stopping. Hope that makes sense. :)
  3. NVCitizen
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    NVCitizen - February 18, 2013 11:29 am
    Very Bad Idea! I have worked on the corner of Coombs and Pearl Streets for many years. I have seen several accidents and constant near misses involving both cars and pedestrians. Even with the current four way signals, the worst offenders are the cars turning right exiting the parking structure or Kohl's parking lot. Most of these drivers are not paying attention to the signal and often run the light or fail to see a pedestrian in the crosswalk. These same people will never pay attention to a stop sign. You can ask drivers to use caution until they become use to the new change, which drivers should automatically be doing under any circumstances, but this will never work. Let's not wait for an accident or a pedestrian to get hit before you realize it's a bad idea.
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