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Highway 81 and 20th Avenue SE Four-Way Stop Functioning
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For Immediate Release: Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

Contact: Dan Martell, 605.626.2244 


WATERTOWN, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation says the all-way stop at the intersection at Highway 81 and 20th Avenue SE in Watertown is now fully functional.  


 “Safety of the traveling public is our number one priority in the department,” says Jeff Senst, Aberdeen region engineer. “The installation of a four-way stop at this busy intersection is an interim measure designed to improve the flow of traffic and prevent crashes until the planned roundabout is built in 2018.”


As part of the all-way stop, crews have placed overhead red flashing beacons, rumble strips and flashing stop and stop ahead signs. Stop bars will be installed when the weather is warm enough to paint the markings.


When drivers approach the new all-way stop, they are advised to follow these right-of-way rules:


  • The first vehicle to the intersection has the right-of-way ahead of any vehicle that has not yet arrived;


  • When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right-of-way;


  • The vehicle with the right-of-way may move straight ahead or, if legal and after signaling, turn left or right; and,


  • When two facing vehicles approach an intersection at the same time, both drivers can move straight ahead or turn right. If one driver is going straight while the other wants to turn left, the driver who wants to turn left must wait. The driver who is traveling straight ahead has the right-of-way.


Photos and a video of the intersection are available on the SDDOT Flickr account at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sddot/albums/72157676759251360.  



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