Twisp leaders agreed to install new stop signs along Fifth Avenue, citing frequent unsafe driving in an area with a lot of children.
The intersection of Fifth and Canyon Street will become a four-way stop. Stop signs are already in place for drivers on Canyon Street. Signs will be added in both directions on Fifth Avenue in order to halt traffic on that road. Currently, Fifth Avenue only has stop signs at Grover Street and Highway 20.
One block west of Canyon, northbound Methow Street is getting a stop sign at Fifth Avenue. This will stop traffic exiting TwispWorks, next to Little Star Montessori School’s campus for infants and toddlers.
People coming out of TwispWorks at Little Star are often driving “quite fast,” Twisp Public Works Director Andrew Denham told the Town Council at its Aug. 27 meeting.
“We’ve had quite a few complaints about that whole particular area of Fifth,” he said.
Signs will be installed around Sept. 12, Denham said.
Council members unanimously approved the new signs on Aug. 27, saying they were concerned for the safety of children at Little Star and elsewhere in the neighborhood.
“There are a lot of kids walking, biking, skateboarding — just a lot of kids in that neighborhood,” council member Mark Easton said.
In addition to the traffic-calming signs, Canyon and Fifth will get new crosswalks after Canyon Street is repaved later this month.