The stop signs are coming down.
By a 4-2 vote the Sturgeon Bay City Council Tuesday decided to follow a recommendation by the Parking & Traffic Committee and remove the stop signs on Egg Harbor Road at both 8th Avenue and Georgia Street.
The vote came after three members of the public implored the Council to leave the signs in place for safety reasons. It also followed the objections of alderman Bob Schlicht, who voted for the measure as a member of the Parking & Traffic Committee but changed his mind since, and alderman Dan Wiegand who made it clear he was "totally not in favor of (it)."
Joe Stutting, Ron Vandertie, Rick Wiesner and John Lodl saw differently, with Stutting and Lodl saying they'd like to see how the intersection works without the signs in place. Stewart Fett was absent.
It's not clear exactly when the stop signs will come down but the motion provided for a period of "public education" prior to removal.
The complicated crossing was reconfigured in 2011 but many of the problems that have plagued the intersection for years remain, including the misalignment of Georgia Street and the "in-between" distance from Georgia Street to 8th Avenue.
There are also concerns that leaving the stop signs in place would result in lengthy delays and long back-ups during next year's Bayview Bridge closure.