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DOT To Make Watertown Intersection Four-Way Stop

For Immediate Release: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

Contact: Dan Martell (605-626-2244)


DOT To Make Watertown Intersection Four-Way Stop


WATERTOWN, S.D. -- The South Dakota Department of Transportation is converting the intersection at US Highway 81 and 20th Avenue SE in Watertown from a two-way stop control to an all-way (four-way) stop.  


Weather permitting, crews will install the all-way stop next week. Work is scheduled from Monday, Dec. 19, through Wednesday, Dec. 21.


As part of the all-way stop, crews will place overhead red flashing beacons, rumble strips and flashing stop and stop ahead signs.  Stop bars will be installed when the weather is warm enough to paint the markings.


When drivers approach the new all-way stop, they are advised to follow these right-of-way rules:


  • The first vehicle to the intersection has the right-of-way ahead of any vehicle that has not yet arrived;


  • When two or more vehicles reach an intersection at the same time, the vehicle to the right has the right-of-way;


  • The vehicle with the right-of-way may move straight ahead or, if legal and after signaling, turn left or right; and,


  • When two facing vehicles approach an intersection at the same time, both drivers can move straight ahead or turn right. If one driver is going straight while the other wants to turn left, the driver who wants to turn left must wait. The driver who is traveling straight ahead has the right-of-way.


Motorists are asked to watch for crews and equipment working at the intersection during the installation.