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Quincy city officials swapping stop lights for stop signs

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Quincy city officials voted at Monday night's city council meeting to swap out some aging stop lights along 8th Street for stop signs. They say it's a huge cost saving measure, but that's not the only reason behind the change.

It's typically not considered one of the busiest streets in Quincy, but drivers and pedestrians alike say 8th Street does get its fair share of traffic.

"When you see the cars, they don't want to stop - they want to keep on going," pedestrian June Fussell said.

"It works most of the time, I hit most of the lights," driver Austin Evans said.

Now, there could be some slight changes to traffic flow on two intersections along 8th street; at Vermont and Jersey. Both currently have stoplights. City engineer Jeffrey Conte says replacing them with stop signs can be a big cost saver.

"You're talking hundreds of dollars for a stop sign, instead of twenty thousand dollars for signals," Conte said.

The change hasn't come with a little double checking first. Conte says the city conducted traffic studies, and determined the number of cars was low enough to handle a four way stop.

"They were on the order of a hundred, to two hundred cars per hour, and most of that was on 8th Street," Conte said. 

People who use 8th Street regularly have mixed feelings about the potential change.

"I'm a delivery driver, so stop signs really do help," Evans said. "They decrease the time and they're a lot easier for everyone to understand."

"I think they should keep it. It's much better up there because people at least stop when they're supposed to," Fussell said.

Conte says safety, both for drivers and pedestrians, will be something they will be watching for through the transition.

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