We need a better response to the problem
We have no desire to engage in an ongoing debate with Bruce Kraus about what was or wasn’t said or done about the issue of speeding on Pius Street, so this will be our last letter to The Reporter on the subject.
It is disappointing to find that the Councilman would rather take a defensive stance than to address this real and serious problem. It is also disconcerting that he would, in essence, accuse us of lying. What could we possibly hope to gain? We know how often we contacted his office and 311. We know too that he did indeed say, “Just keep calling 311,” when we raised this issue at a meeting.
Our neighbors, many of whom applauded our first letter, know the facts. Some of them told us that they, too, have contacted 311 about the speeding, numerous times. Yes, the 311 records indicate that the problem was addressed. However, it is obvious that whatever was supposedly done was insufficient and ineffective.
If a police car would park midway between Yard Way and the Stop sign at S. 15th St., especially during rush hour, it would quickly become clear to the officers that most cars exceed the speed limit. What happens on Pius Street is that most cars approach Yard Way close to the posted speed because visibility is limited by a slight curve in the road. Once past Yard Way, they accelerate quickly and speed to the STOP sign at S. 15th St.
In response to Mr. Rudiak’s letter, regarding the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, we have copied the following directly from the manual. Please note sections Guidance & Letter D. The section at the end seemingly contradicts letter D, which allows for the use of a STOP sign where speeding occurs. It seems clear that engineering judgment is the deciding factor.
Section 2B.05 STOP Sign Applications
STOP signs should be used if engineering judgment indicates that one or more of the following conditions exist:
A. Intersection of a less important road with a main road where application of the normal right-of-way rule
would not be expected to provide reasonable compliance with the law;
B. Street entering a through highway or street;
C. Unsignalized intersection in a signalized area; and/or
D. High speeds, restricted view, or crash records indicate a need for control by the STOP sign.
Because the potential for conflicting commands could create driver confusion, STOP signs shall not be installed at intersections where traffic control signals are installed and operating except as noted in Section 4D.01.
Portable or part-time STOP signs shall not be used except for emergency and temporary traffic control zone purposes.
STOP signs should not be used for speed control.
It is sad that our public officials would choose to defend an inadequate response to a problem when it could be easily remedied. If returning the STOP sign is deemed the least desirable means, then please do something before someone is injured!
Fran and Joe Tarkett
South Side Slopes
(Editor's Note: The preceding letter does not appear in the print edition of The South Pittsburgh Reporter. Letters to the Editor are limited to one submission every four weeks.)