Tuesday, May 20, 2003
The busy intersection of 9th and State streets in Hood River is about to become a four-way stop.
As of Friday, motorists will no longer be able to turn right on State when traveling north on Ninth without stopping first.
The City of Hood River will install four-way stop signs Friday at the intersection in hopes of lowering the accident rate. Mark Lago, director of the public works/engineering department, said that work has been timed to mesh with the lifting of a barrier that has closed the lower end of Ninth Street for several weeks. He said the city project will mesh with the end of the Oregon Department of Transportation construction along Cascade Avenue, also known as Highway 30.
He hopes that simultaneous move will make it easier for drivers to adjust to the change in their travel routine. “People need to be aware there is going to be a stop now so they can’t just continue going east,” said Lago.
He said there have historically been a lot of fender-benders at the intersection, primarily from drivers sitting on State Street watching traffic coming downhill — and forgetting that vehicles are also traveling up the hill.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge