Per Village of Taos Ski Valley Resolution 2020-409,
Notice is hereby given that beginning on June 1, 2020, at the Twining Road and Ernie Blake Road intersection, enforcement of the traffic control device (Stop Sign) will take effect.
TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE
The Village of Taos Ski Valley Public Safety Department’s first concern is for the safety of all. Safety concerns in high density areas include pedestrians, road conditions, resort traffic, drainage, dust, and snow. These items must be considered in a signage placement plan.
By installing Stop signs on Twining Road the Department addresses several safety elements. This traffic control device, used on Twining Road going both directions at the top of Ernie Blake Road, allows for safely turning onto Twining Road from Ernie Blake Road. It also provides for a clear sight triangle at the approach and habituates drivers for the slower 15MPH speed on Twining Road. The intersection is a hazard for drivers entering Twining Road, especially in the winter months when the snow is piled high, creating visibility and slip dangers. The hope is that the sign addresses public safety concerns.
As the development of Parcels C and D progresses, the access through Thunderbird Road will become more congested with pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Going through Ernie Blake Road is practical, especially for larger transport vehicles exiting the resort area. The danger of a cold start on the incline of Ernie Blake Road will be eliminated, as well as eliminating the danger of a blind turn. Pedestrian interaction with vehicles will be substantially decreased at the Thunderbird Road Visitor Drop Off for more visitor safety if vehicles are urged to travel through Ernie Blake Road.
Because of speeding traffic through that section of Twining Road in the summer months, the residents along the road are bombarded with dust and drainage issues. Caution and speed control are accomplished with the STOP sign more efficiently than other traffic control devices.
Community posting of Twining Road/Ernie Blake Road intersection Stop sign notice has been displayed and e-blast delivered again today for the Stop sign to be in effect as of 6/1/20. See Attached Notice:
3/3/20 Traffic Control signage is included in the final design standard for the TIDD project on Ernie Blake Road.
Notice of traffic control devices on Village roads to include speed, parking, chains required, and stop signs on Twining Road at Ernie Blake intersection, a list of signs and a map was posted on the Village web site as of November 1, 2019 https://www.vtsv.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/RoadSignMap_09262019.pdf .
Notice of traffic control, as per Resolution 2020-409, was presented to Council and approved on September 10, 2019.