New stop sign slated for Plainview

County board of supervisors approves new stop sign at Rd. 196 and Ave. 184 intersection

PLAINVIEW – Prepare to stop south of Plainview on Road 196 at the Avenue 184 intersection, as the county board of supervisors approved the placement of a stop sign at the country road intersection.

The change comes in response to concerns about traffic safety; the staff report cites enhanced vehicular circulation and safety as driving factors for placing a one-way stop sign at the intersection, which is currently uncontrolled.

UC Berkeley’s Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) documented a 2019 head-on collision at the Road 196 and Avenue 184 intersection. According to TIMS, at 6:40 a.m. on a foggy morning the driver at fault was making a left turn onto Avenue 184 and collided head-on with a westbound station wagon proceeding straight on Avenue 184. A female passenger of the station wagon sustained injuries from the crash.

The county staff report also said there is a private farm road that has been mistaken to be the continuation of southbound Road 196. Both Avenue 184 and Road 196 have speed limits of 55 miles per hour.

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