The Rockport City Council, at its regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 8 approved on first reading an ordinance that will add “all-way” stop signs on Palmetto Avenue, at the intersections with S. 11th and S. 12th streets. They are expected to approve and adopt the ordinance on second reading at their next meeting.
Police Chief Greg Stevens noted a study found that almost half the traffic on Palmetto is motorists using the street as a “cutoff”, or shortcut.
“What people are doing is using it to avoid a busy intersection,” said Stevens. “Stop signs slow traffic down, and discourage people from using it as a cutoff.”
He used the stop signs placed on Augusta Drive in Rockport Country Club as an example of discouraging using that street as a cutoff.
A traffic study showed more than 1,000 vehicles traveled down Palmetto in one week, which surprised the chief.
“I thought it would be 200 to 300,” he said.
Motorists use Palmetto in order to avoid the SH 35 N. and FM 3036 intersection.