Traffic lights' change being pondered at City Hall

Friday, January 28, 2011
A Lewisburg panel is thinking about recommending that this set of traffic lights be re-set to be flashing red for 2nd Avenue North and yellow for the side streets.

A City Hall committee is taking steps toward altering the timing of two locally owned traffic lights, partly because traffic patterns have changed and the red lights have delayed motorists.

A set of lights at the uneve n intersection of 2nd Avenue North and College Street might be re-set to flash a yellow caution light to motorists on Second Avenue and a blinking red stop light for drivers on College Street.

The traffic lights' timing cycle on East Commerce Street at Martin Street and Legion Avenue could be adjusted, according to concept papers distributed at the Community Development Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

The East Commerce Street light is always green except when tripped by a vehicle on the side streets.

"The problem is that anyone turning off East Commerce trips these switches and causes the light to change even though there is no one waiting for the light on these side streets," the document states.

The Commerce Street red light lasts 17 seconds. The side streets green light lasts 12 seconds.

Discussion on the lights should continue at the next meeting, Committee Chairman Edmund Roberts said. If a recommendation is issued, it would go to the city Council.

Also Tuesday, committeemen and women heard Mayor Barbara Woods' suggest that Mooresville Highway be transformed into a welcoming gateway to Lewisburg.

"We want it to be a three-mile entrance to Lewisburg," Woods said.

State officials are to visit Lewisburg on Feb. 9 when the mayor proposes a field trip on the road providing interstate access to the city, its business park and Cedar Ridge Landfill, the latter being the subject of a Waste Management appeal to a state order denying expansion.

Low maintenance, native plants that bloom in the spring and turn bright colors in the fall are suggested by the mayor.

Sidewalks, lighting, exit and entrance ramps and the possibility of landscaping the Interstate 65 interchange with Mooresville Highway were also discussed.

The convenience store and gas station at the exit are being used by the Tennessee Department of Transportation during the widening project, according to city Industrial Developer Greg Lowe. Once construction is finished, the store will probably reopen, Lowe said.