Traffic lights might be lit this week

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Realignment of the intersection of Franklin and Heil Quaker avenues has been planned for a year and a half.

The pavement's down, lanes have been changes and traffic signals have been hung across the intersection of Franklin and Heil Quaker avenues.

Now, it's just a matter of time, weather and other tasks before new traffic signals are turned on so that one of the town's intersections will be improved as planned.

"We've been working on this for a year and a half," City Manager Eddie Fuller said last week when he announced that the red, yellow and green lights are to be activated soon.

The signals were in black plastic bags earlier this week.

The intersection has been a fork in the road with Heil Quaker being the dominant avenue, presumably for trucks that were going to and coming from the air conditioning a heating factory. Now, there will be right angle turns controlled by traffic signals.

"If the weather holds, the lights could be working sometime this week," said Randy Fagan of technical services with the Lewisburg Electric System, "and it depends on what else is going on" that might divert work crews from finishing the job this week.

Meanwhile, there's only one house between the intersection and where Melissa Mullins lives at 1130 Franklin Road.

"I'm excited," about getting the lights installed, Mullins said.

"I've seen a wreck or two here," she said. "In fact my Momma's neighbor had a wreck here. She couldn't drive for a while, so I know it's dangerous.

"It used to be that if you were coming from ICP, you could go straight without stopping," Mullins continued, "but people didn't want to stop. I'd slow down because you wouldn't know what you yield partner would do."

Mullins has also heard that the city will be able to have a traffic signal at the intersection of Rock Crusher Road and Ellington Parkway, just north of Fifth Avenue North.

"That's good, but here, when school gets out you'll seek," she said. "It's major crazy."