Here’s why some stop signs will be removed in Cottonwood Heights

Dec 9, 2022, 6:00 PM
Cottonwood Heights officials have begun the process of removing several stop signs in a neighborhoo...
A bagged stop sign at the intersection of Nye Drive and Rolling Hills Way in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. It's been bagged and will be removed by the end of the year because it doesn't meet federal requirements for placement of a stop sign. (Simone Seikaly, KSL NewsRadio)
(Simone Seikaly, KSL NewsRadio)

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah — Four intersections in Cottonwood Heights that usually have stop signs will be different for drivers beginning on Friday.

That’s when the Cottonwood Heights Public Works Department begins the process of removing the signs on Rolling Knolls, Nye Drive, and Nye Circle. The roads are in a neighborhood about one block northeast of Dan’s Foods on Ft. Union and Highland Drive.

These are the affected intersections:

  • Rolling Knolls Way and 2075 E. (signs on Rolling Knolls),
  • Rolling Knolls Way and Luna Way (signs on Rolling Knolls),
  • Rolling Knolls Way and Nye Drive (signs on Nye Drive), and
  •  Nye Drive and Nye Circle (signs removed from both streets).

Drivers will first notice that the signs in question have been bagged. They will be removed permanently by the end of the year.

Roads don’t warrant stop signs

According to a letter sent to Cottonwood Heights residents, the city council requested a review of the stop signs. The review found that they “do not meet warrants to justify the use of a stop sign.”

However, drivers will not be left to maneuver neighborhood intersections with no help from a sign.

“The roads where the stop signs are being removed will now be yielding [to opposing traffic],” said Lindsay Wilcox, the communications manager for Cottonwood Heights.

“It’s not that we’re suddenly making the road more dangerous, per se, by removing stop signs. They were there for traffic calming purposes. That is not what they are supposed to be used for,” Wilcox told KSL.

Following federal guidelines

The letter to residents explained that the city follows national guidelines outlined in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for streets and highways, or MUTCD.

The federal manual explains that stop signs are warranted when, at an intersection of a “less important road with a main road” drivers might not follow a normal right-of-way rule.

The maual also says that stop signs are acceptable on a street that enters a through highway or through-street, at an unsignalized intersection in a signalized area, or where high speeds, a restricted view, or crash records show a need for a stop sign.

“Many STOP signs in Cottonwood Heights … were originally installed for speed control purposes,” the city said in the letter to residents. “When used excessively for speed control, STOP signs encourage casual observance. This decreases intersection safety and increases the potential for an accident.”

Related reading:


We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Politics + Government

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr....
Curt Gresseth

Is the American Dream still alive and well today?

A senior fellow and director of poverty studies at the American Enterprise Institute discusses the state of the American Dream today in the United States.
16 hours ago
Two employees were pronounced dead after being reported unconscious at the Northrop Grumman Space ...
Waverly Golden

GoFundMe created for passing of two employees at Northrop Grumman

Two employees were pronounced dead after being reported unconscious at the Northrop Grumman Space Systems on Jan. 30, just after 6 p.m.
16 hours ago
great salt lake berm...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

Cox orders division to raise Great Salt Lake causeway berm another 5 feet

The order specifically calls on the division to raise the Great Salt Lake berm from 4,187 feet to 4,192 feet.
16 hours ago
hov lane is pictured, new law would let pregnant people use hov lane alone...

Bill permitting pregnant people to use HOV lane passes House

A bill allowing pregnant women to use the HOV lane has passed the House. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
16 hours ago
This photo purports to show the suspected Chinese balloon flying over Mills River, North Carolina, ...
Heather Chen and Wayne Chang, CNN

China says it ‘reserves the right’ to deal with ‘similar situations’ after US shoot down suspected spy balloon

China says it "reserves the right" to deal with "similar situations" following the United States' decision to shoot down its high-altitude balloon.
2 days ago
The Chinese national flag is seen at the entrance to the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing...
By Zachary Cohen, CNN

A look at China’s history of spying in the US

The suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that violated American airspace this week has fueled a diplomatic crisis with the postponement of Secretary of State Antony Blinken's planned trip to Beijing.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Here’s why some stop signs will be removed in Cottonwood Heights