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New Traffic Control Concept to be Tried in West Jefferson PDF Print
Written by Gary Childers   
Friday, 05 August 2011 06:10

After much citizen input, expert testimony, and discussion West Jefferson’s Aldermen approved, but not unanimously, a new plan for controlling traffic through its main street area. The Town office’s small meeting area was filled with West Jefferson citizens, the majority wearing stickers proclaiming support for a DOT plan

to remove the traffic lights from two major intersections on main street and replace them with 4-way stops controlled by stop signs and curbed berms called “bump outs”. During the public hearing section of the meeting 4 citizens spoke in favor of the plan and 2 spoke against the need for it. The proponents of the plan state this change will help better control traffic through downtown by making all vehicles have to stop twice as they proceed down Jefferson Avenue. They also claim the change will make the downtown area more aesthetically pleasing, and safe, which will cause more shoppers to choose to come to the downtown area. After public comments and expert testimonies by DOT official, Dean Ledbetter, and McGill Associates engineer, Harry Buckner, the Aldermen had opportunity to state their positions before the motion was called for. Both sides of the issue were represented in statements by Aldermen Shoemaker and Green, Mr. Shoemaker in favor of the change and Mr. Green against it. A motion was made by Alderman Hartman to approve the DOT recommendations for removing the traffic lights and installing the four-way stop system. The motion was approved by a vote of 3 to 1, with the 5th vote not cast due to Alderman Summey’s absence from the meeting.


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