Do we need a four-way traffic stop at Matilda/Belmont??

Update 3.11 - Four-way stop sign petition form - click here (for residents/property owners living within the 900-ft radius around the intersection on the east side of Greenville Avenue (see map)

If you have been living around Lower Greenville long enough, you know there are three constants to life -

  • The sun will rise
  • The sun will set
  • And there will be at least one traffic accident a week at the intersection of Belmont and Matilda

By BD's count since January, we are on collision-course for a new record. Not something to be excited about.

If you have been living here a really long time (like BD, who has lived here since 1980), you may remember when Belmont/Matilda was a four-way traffic stop, and there was no traffic light at Richmond/Matilda.

Am I going back far enough for you?

That said, BD contacted the City through Ms. Hunt's office and asked how we can fix this problem before someone gets killed. It's been close a few times, but no cigar. Yet.

At this link is a copy of the letter from the City's Public Works & Transportation Department, outlining the procedures to put in a four-way traffic stop at the intersection. It includes a map showing a residential circle of influence of 900 feet around the intersection. The City does not include residences beyond an intervening thoroughfare, in this case Greenville Avenue.

The letter references a 30-second delay for emergency response vehicles caused by stop signs at an intersection. Since there is already a set of two-way traffic stop signs at the intersection, this is a non-issue.

Here are the questions to consider:

Do the residents within a 900-foot circle of influence around Belmont/Matilda want the four-way traffic stop back on this intersection?

And if we do, are two-thirds of these residents (at least 120 of the 161+ homes [does not include commercial property, vacant lots or unoccupied residences) in the area willing to sign the petition to get the process started (requesting a hearing before the City Plan Commission and Dallas City Council)?

The Belmont NA put out the first request for support of the petition. This is not a neighborhood association issue (the intersection is on the border between LGNA and BNA) - if you live within the circle of influence, you alone should make the decision to sign the petition.

Update 3.11 - Four-way stop sign petition form - click here (for residents/property owners living within the 900-ft radius around the intersection on the east side of Greenville Avenue (see map)

Please review the letter and maps, then make your opinions known to BD by email.

If enough residents within the area indicate they want the four-way traffic stop returned, we will need volunteers to distribute petition cards that can be mailed in or delivered to a coordinating person.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Safe streets