Resident to present traffic stop proposal Tuesday

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Nancy Gallagher wishes to turn the intersection of Main and Manana streets into a four-way stop to ease traffic. Gallagher will present the proposal Tuesday during a city traffic committee meeting.

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Clovis resident Nancy Gallagher said she is tired of getting stuck in traffic in her neighborhood.

The 58-year-old housewife said the volume of traffic flooding her area makes it hard to drive safely on the intersection of Main and Manana streets, which is why she wants the intersection turned into a four-way stop.

Gallagher will present the proposal Tuesday during a city traffic committee meeting.

“Normally things don’t get changed unless somebody gets killed,” she said. “Before that happens I’d like to see that become a four-way stop.”

The intersection is now a two-way stop, with signs controlling east and west bound traffic on Manana Street.

She said vehicles traveling on Manana sometimes don’t see southbound traffic on Main Street coming around a corner.

“They do come around that corner kind of fast,” she said. “And if you’re halfway through the intersection, you’re getting nailed.”

But city Traffic Superintendent Kevin Musick said a four-way stop might not be an effective solution to controlling the traffic in the area.

He said possible solutions include traffic lights or a smaller version of the roundabout on Norris Street and Llano Estacado Boulevard.

“I think that we are going to have to control the traffic, whether we do a roundabout or whether we do a signal I think in the near future we’re going to have to do something,” he said. “I don’t think a four-way stop is going to fix it.”

A four-way stop could jam traffic in the area because there are already stop signs a block north and south of the intersection, he said.

What: Traffic committee meeting

When: 1 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Clovis Police Station