In a rare unanimous vote, the Burbank City Council this month approved a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Oak and Myers streets to improve the odds that pedestrians — particularly students at St. Finbar Catholic School — will make it across those streets safely.
The council members all agreed to ignore a city staff report that said there was no need to add to the current two-way stop sign there. It’s not that the staff didn’t do the necessary legwork: A traffic engineering study was done that revealed there were far fewer motorists traveling through the intersection than the Caltrans-recommended threshold for additional stop signs. The study also showed that no accidents had been reported there since 2005.
However, reported accidents are in a different category than excessive speed or near misses, and parents of St. Finbar students report there have been plenty of problems in both of those categories over the years.