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Stop signs to be installed at two downtown intersections

 

All Way Signs  currently covered will soon replace the traffic signals at two Hartselle intersections.| Randy Garrison
All Way Signs currently covered will soon replace the traffic signals at two Hartselle intersections.| Randy Garrison

Randy Garrison

Hartselle Enquirer

 

In one of the first steps to increase downtown traffic flow in downtown Hartselle the traffic signals at Sparkman St. and Chestnut, Sparkman and Hickory Streets will soon be coming down. All Way Signs will replace the traffic signals and the intersections will become what are commonly known as 4-way stops.

In a traffic study done by ALDOT last year, the number of vehicles passing through the intersections no longer warranted a traffic signal. The recommendation was that the intersection traffic could be controlled by 4-way stop signs. The signal heads are outdated and would cost more than $200,000 to upgrade to newer models.

During the next few weeks beginning December 1, 2015, the City of Hartselle will be taking steps to replace outdated traffic control signals at two downtown intersections with new all way stop signs. The new signs are being installed but are currently still covered and the traffic lights are controlling the intersections as of Tues., Dec. 8. Street striping has also been in the works at the Sparkman and Chestnut St. intersections.

In other changes to the Sparkman and Chestnut intersection the public works department reworked the sidewalk next to El Maries in order to make the right turn from Sparkman onto Chestnut easier to maneuver especially for larger vehicles. This will be necessary when the stretch of  Sparkman to Hickory St. changes to one-way traffic as the plans continue to move forward to increase traffic flow.

Southbound traffic on Sparkman will need to turn right onto Chestnut and travel east to Sycamore turning south and continuing around Sycamore across Main St. and around to the intersection of Sparkman and Hickory. The traffic would then be able to turn south on Sparkman or continue east on Hickory.

Traffic headed north on Sparkman will be one-way only from the Hickory St. intersection through the Sparkman St. intersection where it will once again be two-way traffic.

With the changes in traffic flow, addition of the one-way streets and synching the east-west traffic signals with the railroad crossing signals the city council hopes to alleviate the back-up of traffic in all four directions as vehicles diverge onto downtown streets and intersections.

Drivers are encouraged to look for changes that will be occurring soon and be prepared to change the way they maneuver through downtown streets and those streets that feed into downtown.

 

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