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Don't be surprised if you see a new stop sign on Dietz Lane.
Muskingum County Engineer, Doug Davis, says his office has been monitoring traffic patterns for the last four years and noticed the traffic speed was picking up. One intersection that has been problematic is Dietz and North Dietz Lane. A stop sign was put in on North Dietz Lane back in November and now a third, temporary stop sign has been added to Dietz Lane.
"I think as technology changes and as people's traffic patterns change, we have to adjust and change also. With some of the intersections you can't always just do it that way because that is the way it has always been done, you have to think outside the box and look at some of these troubled intersections," says Doug Davis the Muskingum County Engineer.
The stop sign is temporary, but could become permanent. The county will continue to monitor the effectiveness of the sign to see if it is necessary. Davis says he welcomes input from the community on the stop sign.
"Not only to say yes or no, maybe give us some reasons why, something that we are not thinking of. The county is a big county and I am only one person, our staff is only one staff, it is hard to be everywhere and understand what is going on at all hours of the day with these intersections," says Davis.
Davis says he has already received two phone calls thanking him for putting up the sign. The Muskingum County Engineer's Office will also be replacing all the stop signs in the county this summer with high reflectivity signs. Davis says it is all about making roads safer for drivers, their families and the traveling public.