Dinuba hopes to ‘stop’ accidents at Tulare, Uruapan

Dinuba City Council authorizes multi-way stop sign installation at Tulare Street and Uruapan Drive, hears recommendations for other intersections

Dinuba City Councilmember Linda Launer asks a question during the council meeting Feb. 13, 2024. (Serena Bettis)
Serena Bettis
Published March 14, 2024  • 
2:00 pm

DINUBA – Stop, drop your speed, and definitely don’t roll through the new stop signs that will be coming to the intersection of Tulare Street and Uruapan Way in Dinuba. 

After receiving community feedback on areas with potentially dangerous traffic conditions, Dinuba conducted a stop warrant analysis for five intersections to see if the data justified installing stop signs. While only one intersection met the requirement, the Dinuba City Council authorized the sign and heard recommendations for improvements to the other intersections at its March 12 meeting.

“You’ll have two happy business owners there,” Mayor Marible Reynosa said about the Tulare and Uruapan stop sign. “I’m sure everyone will be happy.”

Dinuba City Engineer Jason Watts said the analysis studied the intersections of Nebraska Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, Tulare Street and O Street, Lincoln Avenue and Linzmeier Drive, Tulare Street and Uruapan Way and Nebraska Avenue and Euclid Avenue. 

The intersections were chosen based on speeding, visibility and accident concerns, Watts said. To determine if a multi-way stop sign could be justified at each intersection, Watts used the guidance laid out in the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), which specifies standards used by civil engineers. 

“It gives us restrictions as to how stop signs have to be implemented the right way, and so we went through all these intersections, and you can see all the data that we acquired through all of it in your staff report attachments,” Watts said to the council. 

The MUTCD outlines the metrics that justify stop sign installation, which include the number of accidents that occur every year, the vehicular traffic volume or combined vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle volume entering the intersection within an 8-hour period and other visibility and safety elements. 

At Tulare Street and Uruapan Way, Watts said the fact that there were five accidents within a 12-month period — between August 2021 and August 2022 — and 11 accidents in the last five years automatically justified a multi-way stop sign installation. The intersection currently has stop signs only along Uruapan Way as it approaches Tulare Street. 

Watts said the other intersections simply did not have enough traffic volume on the side streets to justify installing multi-way stop signs. 

Included in the analysis of each intersection were recommendations for safety improvements other than stop signs, however. Watts said one of the biggest things that could help with visibility at many of the studied intersections would be to remove street parking at specific distances around the intersections. 

For example, when cars on the eastbound, south side of Nebraska Avenue park too close to Lincoln Avenue, it is challenging for cars on Lincoln to be able to see oncoming traffic as they try to turn onto Nebraska.

For that specific intersection, Councilmember Linda Launer also recommended the city ask First Baptist church, which sits on the southwest corner of the intersection, to trim down their bushes to improve visibility. 

Other recommendations included adding curb bulb-outs to slow traffic, adding a police presence to encourage safe speeds and updating striping and road signage. The full analysis of each intersection, including traffic volumes and average vehicle speeds, is available in the staff report from the March 12 council meeting agenda.

Serena Bettis
General Assignment Reporter