West End collision

Montana Highway Patrol troopers investigate a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Central avenue and 48th Street West in this 2013 file photo.

A simple email from a concerned motorist will apparently result in a new four-way stop at the corner of 48th Street West and Central Avenue.

Tim Miller, Yellowstone County road and bridge/public works director, and Mike Black, the county’s senior civil engineer, told county commissioners during their weekly discussion Thursday that the person’s email indicated increased traffic on Central Avenue caused by construction work on King Avenue West.

The emailer was also concerned about safety and wreck history.

When county crews converted the intersection of 56th Street West and Central Avenue into a four-way stop, “we got many compliments,” Miller told commissioners.

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Miller called the solution at 48th and Central a “short-term fix” that will be implemented in the next two to three weeks.

“We will put some warning signs up so it’s not a surprise,” he said.

Black said data from a West End traffic study indicates nine wrecks at the intersection over the past five years. Six were wrecks with injury, none of them fatal.

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