As noted in Section 2B.07 of the Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (OMUTCD), AMultiway stop control can be useful as a safety measure at intersections if certain traffic conditions exist. Safety concerns associated with multiway stops include pedestrians, bicyclists, and all road users expecting other road users to stop. Multiway stop control is used where the volume of traffic on the intersecting roads is approximately equal.@
Generally, multi-way stop installations should be used sparingly because of the significant increases in delays and operating costs that can result from requiring all of the vehicles using the intersection to stop. Also, unnecessary stops, when the intersection is clear of conflicting movements, can lead to general disrespect for STOP signs.
Any decision to install multi-way stop control should be based on an engineering study. OMUTCD Section 2B.05 addresses restrictions on the use of STOP signs that also apply to multi-way stop applications. Section 2B.07 of the manual contains criteria that should be considered as part of the engineering study