The City of Brentwood has an established policy for determining when a multi-way stop is warranted on residential streets to provide for safe traffic flow. The policy also addresses various other options for traffic calming measures on more heavily traveled residential collector streets.
Multi-way stop sign installation may be allowed if one of the following conditions is met:
The sight distance for a vehicle in a stopped position on a minor street approach (or approaches) of an intersection is less than 180 feet. The sight distance measurements shall be done in accordance with the procedures outlined in the latest edition of A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets.
A crash problem, as indicated by 3 or more reported accidents in a 12-month period that are susceptible to correction by a multi-way stop installation. Such accidents include right- and left-turn collisions as well as right-angle collisions. Rear-end, side-swipe, and run-off-the-road type accidents are not considered to be the type susceptible to correction by a multi-way stop installation.
Four-way stop sign installation may be considered at intersections of residential streets within the City of Brentwood if six (6) of the following conditions are met:
a.) The total vehicular volume entering the intersection from all approaches averages 100 veh/hr (minimum)
for at least any four hours during a typical weekday.
b.) The vehicular volume entering the intersection from the minor street or streets for the same four hours
averages at least 25 vehicles per hour.
c.) Both streets have residential frontage and speed limits of 30 mph or less.
d.) Neither street is listed as an arterial per policy.
e.) Neither street exceeds 38 feet in width, excluding median width.
f.) No existing stop sign or traffic signal is located on the more heavily traveled street within a distance of
1,200 feet. In cases where stop signs are currently located on the more heavily traveled street at the
subject intersection, this distance restriction shall not apply and Condition 3(f) shall be considered
g.) The intersection has four legs with streets extending for a minimum of 800 feet, including connecting
streets, from the intersection on at least three of the four sides.
Traffic calming measures that may be considered under the adopted policy include non-structural measures such as striping to provide for narrower travel lanes or capital projects including medians and round-a-bouts. The details regarding when such measures may be considered are discussed in more detail within the policy.
If you have any questions about the multi-way stop program, please contact the Public Works Director at 371-0080.