Florence City Council Approves Traffic Lights Near Proposed Walmart
FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Safety topped the agenda in Florence, Tuesday as city council members were asked to approve permits to modify state traffic patterns around a proposed Walmart.
Now that new traffic lights will be going in, some residents still don’t think it’s enough.
With a show of hands, Florence city council members approved a resolution to modify the traffic light at Cloverdale Road and Cox Creek Parkway.
The vote will also give the Alabama Department of Transportation the go ahead to install two new traffic lights on Cloverdale Road. One light will go at the main entrance to a proposed Walmart, another at Wright Drive.
“With the future growth of the area, it is going to be a traffic nightmare. So, we wanted the council to do something,” said Coy Bramlett, who lives in the affected neighborhood.
Bramlett lives on Kensington Drive and worries about traffic coming out of his neighborhood and onto Cloverdale road.
Bramlett had hoped engineers would put in a stacked red light system, to service both Kensington and Wright Drive at the same time.
“I’ve addressed everything that we can do, and I just hope that ALDOT will hear our plea and try and do something about it,” said Bramlett.
The city engineer in Florence says he’s not sure when construction will begin on the new traffic lights.
Developers of the proposed Walmart project will have to cover the cost of the new traffic lights to be installed.
After installation, the city of Florence will maintain the lights.