Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

McKnight Stop Sign Has Powerful Friends

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

McKnight Stop Sign Has Powerful Friends

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As we learned last week, the McKnight Road stop sign just south of Highway 40 certainly has its detractors.

But Don Beimdiek of Brentwood said there are some important facts to add to the debate over whether the solo stop sign is a good idea so close to an interstate highway on-ramp.

Here are a few:

- McKnight is not part of the St. Louis County arterial road system; it is a residential street.

- The stop sign was planted there 48 years ago at the suggestion of Brentwood police because of accidents at the intersection.

- The stop sign at northbound McKnight at York-Lindworth is "essential for the 263 Ladue and Brentwood homes that access McKnight" from Lindworth and York drives.

- Readers who griped about the McKnight sign have other options to get to Highway 40 - namely Lindbergh (a state highway) and Brentwood (a county arterial road).

- The sign is necessary because too many drivers are unwilling to yield to turning vehicles without a stop sign.

A few thoughts occurred to me here. First is that McKnight may have some residential elements to it, but it is also an entry point to an interstate highway with Tilles Park along the west side. So it may be a bit nave to think people won't use it heavily to get to the highway or the park.

Second, I would be willing to bet a bag of peanut M&Ms that everyone who has a special neighborhood stop sign or traffic signal feels it is essential.

Finally, the idea that too many drivers are unwilling to yield to turning vehicles may not square with the fact that many drivers who merge from streets along McKnight are extended the courtesy of merging. In fact, there are signs warning McKnight motorists not to block intersections.

During last week's Road Crew chat, David Wrone of the St. Louis County Department of Highways and Traffic tried to sum things up.

"The issue of the York Drive stop sign has a long and frustrating history," he wrote. "St. Louis County has, for many years, advocated the removal of the sign. To date, however, the city of Brentwood (which maintains control of this part of McKnight) has declined to do so. Apparently, the folks who live in the neighborhoods immediately east of McKnight wield considerable clout - and want the stop sign to stay. …

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