40 years in the making: High Point neighborhood gets desired stop sign

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — More than 20 accidents in four years. People living on High Point’s historic Johnson Street say their neighborhood’s charm is reduced — because of speeds that aren’t.

But now, after what residents say was more than 40 years of petitioning the city for traffic calming measures, many are relieved that a stop sign will be installed on Aug. 6.

“This is going to be something that really works because people will have to stop midway through the street,” resident Michael Bellocchio said.

Right now, there is a two-way stop at the intersection of East Farris Avenue and Johnson Street. Adding a third stop sign will make it an all-way stop, as Johnson Street is one-way.

“I am very much invested and wanting the stop sign,” said Johnson Street resident and new mom, Maria West. “It was important for us to have a safe street because we walk our dogs every day and now that my son Rider’s here it’s even more important to us.”

High Point Transportation Director Mark McDonald said the city decided to put up a third stop sign because of multiple resident complaints about speeding and accidents.

“It’s certainly the most cost-effective and simplest way to address the situation,” he said. “If we find that it hasn’t corrected the problem, we’ll look at other measures.”

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