STOP SIGNS ON 14 TO SLOW TRAFFIC.Byline: Jim Skeen Staff Writer
MOJAVE - At the urging of state lawmakers, four-way stop Four´-way` stop
n. 1. An intersection of two roads having stop signs at all four entry points. The usual rule for such intersections requires that those entering the intersection yield the right of way to vehicles entering before them. signs are in place at a Highway 14 intersection where there has been nearly 60 crashes in the past four years.
In response to concerns voiced by Assemblyman as·sem·bly·man
A man who is a member of a legislative assembly.
pl -men a member of a legislative assembly
Noun 1. Bill Maze Bill Maze was first elected in November 2002 to represent California's 34th Assembly District, which includes Tulare County, Inyo County, Kern County, and San Bernardino County. He is a Republican. , R-Visalia, and state Sen. Roy Ashburn Roy Ashburn (born March 21, 1954 in Long Beach, California) is the California State Senator representing the 18th District, which includes Kern, Tulare, Inyo and San Bernardino Counties. , R-Bakersfield, stop signs were placed at Highway 14 at California City Boulevard on Thursday as an interim measure until a new interchange can be built.
The interchange, part of a $50 million widening project for Highway 14, is expected to be completed in 2006.
``We want them (north- and southbound south·bound
Going toward the south.
going towards the south
Adj. 1. vehicles) to pay attention to the cross traffic and stop,'' said Caltrans spokeswoman Sherri Martin.
California Highway Patrol highway patrol
A state law enforcement organization whose police officers patrol the public highways. officials pledged to watch motorists at the intersection over the weekend. As of Friday afternoon no problems were reported.
``We want to make sure they obey the signs,'' said Officer Manuel Avila.
Before the new stop signs were installed, motorists traveling on Highway 14 did not have to stop, but motorists on California City Boulevard had stop signs.
Motorists leaving California City and heading south had to stop at a stop sign for the two northbound north·bound
Going toward the north.
going towards the north
Adj. 1. lanes of Highway 14.
After crossing the northbound lanes, vehicles had to make a complete stop again in the highway median before turning onto the two southbound lanes.
But some motorists failed to stop for the second stop sign, or turned into the wrong lanes, or thought that oncoming on·com·ing
Coming nearer; approaching: an oncoming storm.
An approach; an advance. traffic must stop as well.
Since 1999, when the center median was added, there have been 59 crashes at the intersection. The latest fatal collision occurred April 13 when a Rosamond couple was killed and four other people werev injured when their car was hit by a big rig Big Rig was a punk band from the San Francisco Bay Area fronted by singer/songwriter Jesse Michaels. Michaels performed with the group after the break up of his previous project, Operation Ivy, and before forming the band Common Rider. while they were trying to cross the northbound lanes of Highway 14.
The intersection's deadliest crash occurred in 1994, when four Los Angeles-area residents were killed when a car turning onto the freeway was hit by a van.
In 1999, Caltrans completed a $1.45 million widening project, including the addition of a median separating the northbound from the southbound lanes. Officials hoped that would make it easier for motorists to turn left onto the highway from California City Boulevard - because they would need to cross in front of traffic from only one direction at a time.
Additional traffic signs were added to help guide motorists.
Caltran officials say they are trying to expedite construction of the interchange, which will be part of a project to widen a 10-mile stretch of Highway 14.
Plans for the project have been prepared and offers made on about 90 percent of the 140 parcels of land Caltrans will need to do the project.
Caltrans' plan is to start construction in mid- or late 2004, and the work will take two years to complete.