(MURFREESBORO) Another step closer to reducing traffic problems in the 'Boro. A traffic signal is being installed at the intersection of Haynes Drive and Sulfur Springs Road.
Assistant Traffic Director Ram Balachandran told WGNS News, "It will be one to two months before the signal is actually operative. Crews are installing the hardware and underground wiring. That's a major project and takes considerable time."
That would bring this signal on-line probably some time in December.
He noted that the city's crews are doing this work, and that save considerable tax dollars. He noted that the cost of the poles and equipment are in the $40 to $50-thousand dollar range, and the engineering and installation costs double that--bringing the signal investment near $90,000.
Balachandran explained, "Before any of this happens, a study must be done to show that enough traffic is in the area to require the traffic signal. Laws mandate that the main thoroughfare must have 600 to 800 vehicles per hour over an 8-hour period to qualify. In addition, the secondary road must have 75 to 150 vehicles per hour."
He noted that he plans to have this signal in "flash mode" for the first 7-days to allow motorists time to get accustomed to a signal at the intersection of Haynes Drive and Sulfur Springs Road.
As you notice on the utility pole next to the arms that hold the traffic signal, the cell phone's mini transmitter to distribute 5G service is already installed at this location as well.