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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  • by David Location: Meridian on Sep 9, 2008 at 04:01 PM
    I just want to know why oil prices are going down and gas prices are going up.Gas is the price it was when a barrel of oil was $130.00 Today oil went down to $102. and gas went up, and this has been going on before the hurricanes so I don't believe that's the real reason.
  • by bubba on Sep 9, 2008 at 02:13 PM
    I'll be glad when the light at 18th avenue and 14th street is gone. It slowes me down when I get off work... maybe then the nurses will not cross the street....they get in the way
  • by J G Location: LA (Lower Alabama) on Sep 9, 2008 at 08:17 AM
    I don't care about green, I care about safe.
  • by Judy Location: Lauderdale County on Sep 9, 2008 at 05:20 AM
    I think that what they are doing is great. One other thing that they need to do is get rid of the one way streets downtown. I don't know about anyone else but I have such a hard time getting anywhere. I drive around in circles just trying to get on the right street going the right way. A few weeks ago, after driving a very long time just parked my car and walked 3 blocks. Then I had to do my shopping and get back to my car in 30 minutes. I didn't get finished with my shopping before I had to walk back to my car. Please stop the one ways.
  • by Buddah Location: Emerald City, MS on Sep 8, 2008 at 08:49 PM
    1. Texas Turn-around is TERRIBLE. Confounds locals AND visitors! (who thought of THAT tragic mess?) 2.Wal-Mart (Bonita) needs light at the main entrance. NIGHTMARE!! 3. Traffic Light at N.Frontage Rd. and 18th Ave is not long enough for 18th Ave traffic to clear. 4. PAVE THE ROADS while you're at it. NOT just in front of the new parking garage! 5.Access road from Virginia Drive to Bonita Wal-Mart DESPERATELY needs pavement NOT just patches! We may as well be driving on old dirt roads! 6. Street lights need bulbs. It's dark at night. (I don't FEEL safe!) 7. PLEASE, NO MORE ONE-WAY STREETS!!! When in doubt, one way is NOT always the best way...okay? (undo the ones you've messed up downtown)
  • by drivers ed Location: auto on Sep 8, 2008 at 08:37 PM
    I think there needs to be a traffic light at the entrance/exit to the Bonita Wal-Mart, near the gas pumps! It is IMPOSSIBLE to get in and out of that place (disaster road near the area needs paving too!)
  • by Kenneth Location: Gressett on Sep 8, 2008 at 04:18 PM
    I believe that the traffic light on 22nd Avenue at the Value Fair Mall entrance should stay in operation. Traffic coming out of the mall parking lot, Fred's parking lot and, LabCorp use that traffic light to aid them in getting onto 22nd Avenue. If you remove that traffic light, it will cause problems for drivers trying to access 22nd Avenue. There could possibly be accidents at that location if that light is removed. I was a DHL driver, and I used that traffic light a lot when I was going through there.
  • by Pat Location: Meridian on Sep 8, 2008 at 04:11 PM
    Would you please consider a red light at North Hills and King road..when the bridge that is being repaired will open a lot of traffic from King road to North Hills..the new subdivision will create a traffic hazard..
  • by anonymous Location: meridian on Sep 8, 2008 at 03:15 PM
    I wish they would fix that Texas turnaround that has traffic entering the interstate merge right immediately before merging left to I-20/59. This is crazy and causes confusion and wrecks because merging to the right before merging left makes following traffic think you are heading to the frontage road. Take the merge markings down or change it to merge left, not right then left! It's confusing to people who live here, out-of-towners haven't got a clue and I've seen people just stop and try to figure out where they are supposed to go.
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