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Mayor Unveils New Traffic Signal System on Duval Street (May 9, 2000)
Jimmy Weekleys office announced today that new traffic signals have been
tested and will soon become fully operational on Duval Street.
The new signals, located on the corners of each Duval intersection
between Front and Angela Streets, will replace the existing overhead signals.
Removal of the overhead signals is underway by City Electric.
Mayor Weekley urges the public, whether in automobiles, on bikes or
scooters, or on foot, to take note of the new signal arrangement.
The existing overhead signals were erected in the 1960s. They are mechanical in operation and are rapidly becoming
obsolete since replacement parts are no longer manufactured.
Wiring for the new system runs underground, unlike the present overhead
wiring, and the new system is computer controlled.
Plans for the new system were agreed upon in 1995 following completion of
a long-range traffic study. Impact
fees generated from the redevelopment of the Truman Annex are funding the
John Olinzock of the citys Department of Engineering Services notes
that this system is more user-friendly for both vehicles and pedestrian
Testing of the new system conducted over the weekend at the Southard
and Duval intersection was very successful, Olinzock said. Pedestrians were actually obeying the signals in front of