Survey on Use of 4-Way and Reversed Stop Signs in Residential Areas

Report No: 77-R39

Published in 1977

About the report:

A nationwide questionnaire survey on use of 4-way stop signs and reversed stop signs to reduce through traffic in residential areas elicited responses from 141 governmental agencies including state highway departments, urban counties containing cities with a population of more than 150,000, and cities with a population of over 400,000. A tabulation of the responses showed that the public seems to favor the use of 4-way stop signs to discourage through traffic, though they are unwarranted by the MUTCD. The unwarranted 4-way stop sign is not recommended by most government agencies, but they use it because of public demand or political pressure. The survey showed that it may be possible to reduce MUTCD warrants for residential streets.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Nari K. Vaswani

Last updated: January 28, 2024

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