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The intersection of Fifth and Hamilton streets will soon become a four-way stop.

This decision comes after city council Tuesday night accepted the recommendation of interim Roanoke Rapids police Chief Bobby Martin for a code amendment which will place stop signs at the intersection.

The action comes after Martin said several significant crashes have occurred in the area.

Martin told council in the last two weeks approximately more than 60 city ordinance violations have been written in the area — the majority for speeding. “We could issue 15 to 25 a day,” he said. “That’s easily done.”

The idea behind the new signs is to break up speed on Hamilton where motorists drive on average between 38 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour in a 25 zone. “You have two-tenths of a mile where you have no break up of speed,” Martin said today.

The average clocked speeds, he said, are excessive considering the zone. “We hope it breaks the traffic flow and helps in the reduction of any major crashes.”

The police department will coordinate with public works, which will install the signs, put up warning signs to motorists they are approaching a four-way stop and painting stop bars at the intersection which spell out the word stop. “It’s a cautionary measure,” Martin said.

The code amendment which council approved also includes installing no parking signs with tow away zone on West Sixth Street at the back alley between Cedar and Rapids streets.