Hermiston will get two new stop signs at intersections where housing development has increased traffic.

The Hermiston City Council voted during their Monday, July 27, meeting to place stop signs at the intersection of West Joseph Avenue and Southwest 10th Street, a block west of Armand Larive Middle School. They also voted to place another set of stop signs at East Oregon Avenue and Northeast Sixth Street.

Assistant City Manager Mark Morgan said the city has received safety complaints about those intersections and, after reviewing the intersections with city engineers, staff recommended turning them into four-way stops.

“Both of these areas have experienced some relatively substantial increase in housing development over the past several years that has led to an increase in traffic in those neighborhoods,” he said.

He said in the Joseph Avenue area, 44 new homes have been added since 2014, and in the Oregon Avenue area, about 80 new homes have been added since 2013.

During the July 27 city council meeting, the council also continued its chapter-by-chapter updates of the city’s code of ordinances. The council approved modifications to the section on junkyards, clarifying that they are allowed in industrial zones and merging the section into the zoning code.

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