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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2006
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Improving cityís traffic flow will be money well spent

Some of the best money Decatur City Council members can spend will be to upgrade the traffic flow on the two most traveled thoroughfares.

The project will cost more than the council authorized last month when members thought the state would pay half of the $90,000 estimate. The state, however, is going to pay $20,000, leaving the city to pay the remainder.

Anyone who drove Sixth Avenue Southeast prior to October 1992 knows the difference technology makes. Instead of setting lights to stay green for a specific amount of time, computers now sense when traffic on a certain street needs to access Sixth Avenue. If there is no side-street traffic, motorists can travel from Hudson Memorial Bridge to Alabama 67 without stopping at a red light.

The city paid approximately $125,000 for its share of that project.

The council members are considering re-approval of a project that will go from the bridge to Kathy Lane Southwest, which will take in the most heavily traveled areas, because of the pricing mix up.

The U.S. 31 and Alabama 67 intersection (Sixth Avenue and Beltline Road) may be a traffic engineerís nightmare, but getting the traffic flow to make more sense will be a motoristís delight.

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