The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 21, 2013

Intersection of 10th and Maine now is a four-way stop


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid drivers will have to be extra careful for a little while as they get used to the newest four-way stop in town.

A week ago, new stop signs went up at the intersection of 10th and Maine. The intersection now is a four-way stop, whereas previously, just traffic on 10th had to stop.

That’s a pretty busy intersection on the east side, with Longfellow Middle School nearby and the Save-A-Lot grocery store right there.

It’s also a dangerous intersection, or has been in recent years. Last year, according to a city of Enid traffic study, there were 13 collisions at the intersection. Unfortunately, in February, a woman lost her life in an accident there.

The new stop signs hopefully will cut down on the number of accidents.

The new stop signs also have flashing red lights — another reminder to drivers, particularly those on Maine, to stop. We’re glad to see the flashing lights. That will help those drivers who have driven through the intersection for years realize they now have to stop.

Enid Police Department will monitor the intersection for a couple of weeks and give warnings to motorists who fail to stop.

We hope they don’t have to do much of that.

It might take some time for drivers to get used to the new situation, but it’s going to make that intersection much safer.