The purpose of a stop sign is to assign right of way at an intersection to reduce conflicts and crash potential. A stop sign is a regulatory sign that requires traffic to stop, and they are installed at intersections when an engineering evaluation indicates that stopping traffic is appropriate.
Most often, stop signs are installed where:
minor streets enter major streets
streets enter highways
approaches to T-intersections terminate
sight lines are restricted
For stop sign installations, Jefferson County adheres to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The MUTCD defines standards used by road managers, nationwide, to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, bikeways and private roads open to public travel.