Public Relations & Outreach Specialist
Orange County Public Works
Orange County Public Works Making Neighborhoods Safer
Department Converting Thousands of Yield Signs to Stop Signs
Orange County, Fla. – The Orange County Public Works Traffic Engineering Division is in the process of converting more than 3,000 yield signs to stop signs to improve safety in neighborhoods throughout the County.
The project launched following the adoption of a resolution from the Board of Orange County Commissioners in December of 2020, authorizing Public Works to approve certain traffic control devices to enhance safety at intersections.
Public Works identified 3,358 yield signs to be converted, organized them into 15 different groups and has already converted a third of the total groups. The entire project, which started in 2021, is estimated to be completed by October of 2023.
“Over the years, Traffic Engineering has received numerous requests to replace yield signs with stop signs within residential neighborhoods,” said Frank Yokiel AICP, Orange County Traffic Engineering Project Manager.
“We review these requests on a case-by-case basis and replace the yield signs. Since the yield signs were reaching their life expectancy for reflectivity, Traffic Engineering decided to initiate a program to replace all of the yield signs with stop signs for traffic control in residential neighborhoods.”
The conversion from Yield to Stop signs at regular intersections is a safety enhancement for all modes of transportation, including vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists.
“It clarifies user’s expectations to stop every single time,” said Humberto Castillero, P.E., PTOE, Traffic Engineering Division Manager. “It also increases awareness of traffic conditions and provides more time for users to decide whether it is safe to navigate through the intersection. In addition, the new diamond grade material used for the STOP signs has much better reflectivity at night, enhancing the conspicuity of the signs.”