9th & Willow is a dangerous intersection

Vehicles run stop sign at 9th & Willow in Hoboken constantly

Earlier this afternoon, there was a “big accident” over at the intersection of 9th Street and Willow Avenue. A truck crashed into two parked cars, destroyed the front steps of a building, and wrecked a really nice refuse can holder.

Apparently, some witnesses think the construction truck ran the stop sign which led to the collision.

So – Hoboken or Hudson County “officials” should probably wake up and do something about this corner before someone gets killed here. I believe we’ve suggested speed humps in the past – but I recall something about emergency vehicles prohibiting them, but I could be wrong.

A blinking red light for southbound traffic on Willow might be the best option, with a blinking yellow light for 9th Street traffic. Let’s see if that happens.

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4 Responses

  1. mcwinterr says:

    Nope. Just remove the stop sign for Willow traffic heading southbound here at this corner, and place it on the 9th street corner for eastbound traffic. I have no idea why this has not been implemented yet. So much more traffic moves down Willow and that stop sign on that corner does nothing but help to back things up, needlessly.

    • hoboken411 says:

      @mcw – good point. From a pure traffic flow standpoint – that makes sense. However, I believe that stop sign is there on purpose to prevent Willow from becoming a super-highway from 11th street down, considering it’s a county road, and a direct shot from the uptown overpass. Willow has several other stop signs and many traffic lights throughout (14th, 13th, 11th, 7th), so it follows a fairly consistent stop-and-go pattern.

      Who knows, swapping the stop sign to 9th might not be a bad idea – but would that just transfer the “danger” a block south? Or would it cause even more accidents? Or traffic tie ups towards Clinton and 9th?

      I still think a blinking light would at the very least be better than a stop sign. There’s already one near the hospital. So it wouldn’t hurt to try at least.

      • homeworld says:

        However, a stop sign is a not a warranted to slow down the flow of traffic. If Hoboken installed it for that purpose, it maybe very well not be a valid and legal stop sign approved by NJDOT which means you can easily get out of a ticket for running it. In accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices: YIELD or STOP signs should not be used for speed control.

        Here is more:

        02 Engineering judgment should be used to establish intersection control. The following factors should be considered:
        Vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic volumes on all approaches;
        Number and angle of approaches;
        Approach speeds;
        Sight distance available on each approach; and
        Reported crash experience.
        03 YIELD or STOP signs should be used at an intersection if one or more of the following conditions exist:
        An intersection of a less important road with a main road where application of the normal right-of-way rule would not be expected to provide reasonable compliance with the law;
        A street entering a designated through highway or street; and/or
        An unsignalized intersection in a signalized area.
        04 In addition, the use of YIELD or STOP signs should be considered at the intersection of two minor streets or local roads where the intersection has more than three approaches and where one or more of the following conditions exist:
        The combined vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian volume entering the intersection from all approaches averages more than 2,000 units per day;
        The ability to see conflicting traffic on an approach is not sufficient to allow a road user to stop or yield in compliance with the normal right-of-way rule if such stopping or yielding is necessary; and/or
        Crash records indicate that five or more crashes that involve the failure to yield the right-of-way at the intersection under the normal right-of-way rule have been reported within a 3-year period, or that three or more such crashes have been reported within a 2-year period.
        05 YIELD or STOP signs should not be used for speed control.
        Support:
        06 Section 2B.07 contains provisions regarding the application of multi-way STOP control at an intersection.
        Guidance:
        07 Once the decision has been made to control an intersection, the decision regarding the appropriate roadway to control should be based on engineering judgment. In most cases, the roadway carrying the lowest volume of traffic should be controlled.
        08 A YIELD or STOP sign should not be installed on the higher volume roadway unless justified by an engineering study.[quote comment=”223577″]@mcw – good point. From a pure traffic flow standpoint – that makes sense. However, I believe that stop sign is there on purpose to prevent Willow from becoming a super-highway from 11th street down, considering it’s a county road, and a direct shot from the uptown overpass. Willow has several other stop signs and many traffic lights throughout (14th, 13th, 11th, 7th), so it follows a fairly consistent stop-and-go pattern.Who knows, swapping the stop sign to 9th might not be a bad idea – but would that just transfer the “danger” a block south? Or would it cause even more accidents? Or traffic tie ups towards Clinton and 9th?I still think a blinking light would at the very least be better than a stop sign. There’s already one near the hospital. So it wouldn’t hurt to try at least.[/quote]

  2. homeworld says:

    In accordance with the MUTCD:

    YIELD or STOP signs should not be used for speed control.

    Once the decision has been made to control an intersection, the decision regarding the appropriate roadway to control should be based on engineering judgment. In most cases, the roadway carrying the lowest volume of traffic should be controlled.

    A YIELD or STOP sign should not be installed on the higher volume roadway unless justified by an engineering study.

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