Downtown 90 Day Stop Sign Implementation
Study will begin on January 12, 2022
After a month long delay from the materials manufacturer, the City of Paris has received the stop signs needed for the implementation of the 90 day STOP, LOOK AND BE SAFE traffic study.
The 90 day study is being conducted by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the City of Paris. To simulate an all way stop condition, at each intersection crews will install two (2) stop signs, and in addition, the existing traffic signals being changed to flashing red. Crews will begin on Lamar and 8th Street around 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. The stop signs will remain in place through April 13, 2022.
Stop sign for motorist heading west to downtown will begin at the intersection of Lamar Avenue and 8th Street SE and continue to the 1st Street NW and Bonham Street intersection in downtown. Stop signs for motorist going east to downtown will begin at the intersection of Grand Ave and 1st Street SW, and continuing to 3rd Street SE and Clarksville Street. No directional changes in traffic patterns will take place at this time. The streets will remain one way.
In 2018, the City Council adopted a downtown plan recommending the return of a one-way pair system to two-way traffic leading to and from the Downtown Square. The 90-day study is being implemented for the City and TXDOT to assess the ability to replace traffic signals with stop signs, according to Andrew Mack, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Paris.
Following the 90-day study a report will be presented to the City's Traffic Commission and City Council for a determination on how to best proceed with the complete two-way system implementation project.
Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to use extra caution while traveling in the downtown area and while crossing the intersections during the short-term study period.