Regarding the stop sign debate for Oak and Fifth streets in Baraboo, I’m glad to see that the 4-way stop is finally going in at that intersection.
Contrary to the statement in the May 16 Baraboo News Republic that said “No crashes have been reported there in five years,” my wife was “T-boned” there on Nov. 1, 2016, by a northbound driver on Oak Street who failed to yield from the stop sign.
But for the grace of God, there were no injuries, but our car was totaled, as I believe the other car was, too. Despite traffic counts, circumstances here support a 4-way stop. I get the idea of having facts to support a decision, but the $1,800 spent to do the study was a total waste of taxpayer dollars, especially when so many of those taxpayers were in favor of the move.
I was very surprised that the Baraboo Common Council saw fit to approve this. That money would have filled quite a few potholes. So next time this comes up, give me a call and I’ll do some traffic counts and look up some “accepted standards/warrants” on the internet, and charge a lot less than $1,800.
Tom Dorner, Baraboo