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Four-way stop still awaiting green light

The requested change of the three-way stop at the Jacksonville intersection of Fifth and California streets to a four-way stop seemed very popular when it was brought up, but so far there's been no action. What's the status of that proposal?

— Just wondering

Patience, Just Wondering, patience. According to Gary Leaming, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation, the proposal is still working its way through the system.

"... our district traffic engineer has been working to get the report out," Leaming wrote in an email. "He anticipates a decision from the state traffic engineer by end of (June)."

The city of Jacksonville made the proposal to fix the intersection, which is often confusing to drivers, including many of us here at the Since You Asked School of Remedial Driving. Under the current system, traffic headed west on California and north on Fifth must stop. Vehicles going south on Fifth can turn right onto California without stopping and there is no stop sign for eastbound traffic on California. Got that?

There has been one pedestrian hit at the intersection and numerous close calls between vehicles.

So hang in there, Just Wondering, a change may be in the works. If it doesn't happen, you won't be the only one just wondering why.

— Send questions to “Since You Asked,” Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@mailtribune.com. We’re sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.