A conclusion, at least for now, has been reached regarding citizen requests to move stop signs at Main and Vine streets to Main and Maple streets in downtown Waconia.
The stop signs will not be moved but the city will add several enhancements to the Main and Maple intersection in an effort to increase pedestrian safety. The Waconia City Council made the decision during its regular meeting on Dec. 10.
Addressing pedestrian safety at the intersection (which features the Waconia Fire Station on the southwest corner and Bob’s Repair on the northeast corner) is not a foreign concept for the city, which conducted traffic studies at the intersection in both 2008 and 2010. In both cases, the studies showed that the intersection did not have enough traffic to warrant a stop sign under thresholds used by MnDOT.
However, the council was forced to reconsider the issue this summer.
In August, Vincent Giesen presented the council with a neighborhood petition that featured the signatures of 422 citizens that supported moving the stop sign at Vine and Main to Maple and Main. The intersection of Vine and Main is one block east.
The petition received support largely due to safety concerns for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic at the intersection of Maple and Main.
To read the rest of the story, see the Dec. 20 Waconia Patriot.