Manasquan repeals four-way stop at Minerva and Fletcher

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MANASQUAN — The borough Monday night introduced an ordinance repealing a previous ordinance that codified the installation of stop signs on Minerva Avenue, at the intersection with Fletcher Avenue.

The stop signs, which were installed on Sept. 15 and taken down last week, had turned the intersection into a four-way stop. According to Borough Administrator Tom Flarity, the stop signs were installed to address a safety issue that was brought to the attention of the public safety committee.

“After they went up, a local resident who is an expert in traffic science — a retired police officer who spent a good part of his career in traffic science … came forward to notify us that in fact the four-way stop sign brings some unique concerns that precede the actual installation,” Mr. Flarity said.

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In September when the ordinance codifying the stop signs was passed, several council members voiced their displeasure with the addition of stop signs on Minerva Avenue stating that the decision was made before the council had an opportunity to discuss it.

“We did not, as a borough, pursue the traffic science steps that are advisable to do prior to the installation of a four-way stop,” Mr. Flarity said Monday night. He added that the borough will go “back to the drawing board” to determine the best remedy for that location.

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