Louisville adding stop signs to slow traffic

The City of Louisville plans to add six 4-way stops and two 3-way stops to the downtown area, the city’s administrator, Ricky Sapp, said during a meeting earlier this month.

The 4-way stops being proposed are at the intersections of Broad and Cherry streets, Broad and Mulberry streets, Mulberry and 8th streets, Walnut and 8th streets, 5th and Yazoo streets and Elm and East Peachtree streets.

The 3-way stops will be at the intersections of Forrest and East Peachtree streets and Mimosa and 9th streets.

“The streets we addressed in this manner are streets on which we have complaints from citizens for years. They are difficult to police for speed due to laws and logistics. The state certifies the streets on which our officers can run radar. The City has looked at this many times in trying to decide how to best control speed to increase safety.

“All of the streets are in neighborhoods that have a lot of kids or pedestrian traffic. While these stop signs will be an inconvenience to some, the safety of our citizens is our biggest concern and Council felt this was the most effective way to address the concerns of people,” Sapp said.

The administrator said the intersections at Mulberry and 8th streets and at Walnut at 8th streets were selected in an effort to promote walking in the downtown area.

“The city will be installing ADA ramps at the intersections and the long stretch of road between 9th and Broad tends to be a high speed area,” he said.

Sapp said the intersections at Broad and Cherry streets and at Broad and Hill streets were chosen as a way to increase safety in those areas.

“With Coastal opening the plant off of Highway 171, we expect traffic to increase on this road and there are a lot of children in this neighborhood. There are also numerous buses that pick up and drop off kids on the street in the morning and afternoon,” Sapp said, adding, these steps should help control speed and traffic during those situations.

The intersection at 9th and Mimosa streets was selected to control traffic around the elementary school. The other intersections were chosen because there are children and pedestrians in the areas.

There will be a total of 18 signs and posts at a cost of $75 or $1,350 total. Sapp said the city will use T-SPLOST funds.