Sudden Stop: New Signage At Sunset and Ransom Intersection

By David Rogers. January 25, 2017. BLOWING ROCK, NC — In the don’t waste any time department, the Town of Blowing Rock made the intersection of Sunset St. and Ransom St. a 4-way stop recently after the Board of Commissioners voted on the idea during their Asheville retreat over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, January 15-17.

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Looking east as you approach the intersection from downtown.

Town Manager Scott Fogleman explained to Blowing Rock News in a telephone interview on Wednesday that the new signage has been planned for awhile as part of the Sunset Drive “Streetscape” improvements.

As part of the project, Fogleman said, the speed bump just west of the intersection will be taken away.


“Since the Streetscape project includes making that a four-way stop,” Fogleman noted, “the Commissioners talked about it and decided to implement the new signage now since there have also been some discussions about how to get (drivers) to slow down while travelling on Sunset. So they decided to try it out.”

New stop sign greets motorists going toward downtown Blowing Rock.

When asked what the Town had used to inform the public about the new signage, the outgoing Town Manager said that it had been included in an emailed update from his office last week.

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  1. Laurel
    Jan 26, 2017 - 03:14 PM

    I live a block from this on ransom. This 4 eat stop was NOT needed. Ridiculous.

  2. Rachel Greene
    Feb 20, 2017 - 12:23 PM

    Please revisit this decision. Between the traffic, unloading food trucks, parking, rock walls and the school it is difficult to navigate Sunset. An unexpected stop sign only adds to the danger. If the reason is truly speeding, maybe the speeders should be punished and not change the norm for all. Where did this idea originate and why?


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