Driving Changes Coming to Meridian

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

City leaders say traffic flow in Meridian is 'going green', with the intention of lessening headaches for drivers.

"When you think about a gallon of gasoline, and you think about sitting there at a light, needlessly idling while traffic passes by, we think that this will be an improvement the public will appreciate," said Mayor John Robert Smith at a Monday news conference.

The city says some major traffic control changes are on the horizon, in an effort to be more energy-efficient.

"Take the light on 25th Avenue and 8th Street. It was taken out of service with the building of condos there, and we realized we didn't need to put it back in service," Smith said. "That actually a stop sign would work much better on 25th Avenue than a stop light."

The ball is already rolling as crews are working on 20 locations across the city. Lights and stop signs will either be removed or modified.

Three locations have already been completed, such as the light at the corner of 8th Street and 24th Avenue. It was modified to flash red for 24th Avenue and yellow for 8th Street, between the hours of 12 midnight and 6 a.m. And the light near the Old Village Fair Mall entrance on 22nd Avenue South will be removed within two weeks.

The remaining locations vary from two weeks to a year for completion. Turning arrows will be added to the traffic light at the corner of 20th Street and 29th Avenue. That will take a year to complete.


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