Clay expects new traffic light operational by end of July
By Gary Lloyd
CLAY — A new traffic light at the intersection of Old Springville Road and Clay-Palmerdale Road in Clay is expected to be operational by the end of July, according to Clay City Manager Ronnie Dixon.
Poles were being set Tuesday.
Roger Roper, who owns some of the right-of-way needed for the project beside Roger’s Quick Stop, was paid $8,800 by the city of Clay for the right-of-way. That right-of-way will likely be for a guardrail or curb, possibly eliminating some parking spaces. There was no other cost to the city, Dixon said.
This traffic light is something Clay has been working toward since it incorporated in 2000.Nine traffic accidents were reported at the intersection of Clay-Palmerdale Road and Old Springville Road in 2013, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
“I don’t know how that compares to other intersections, but I do know that any intersection, especially one that is a high traffic area is dangerous if there is the least bit of inattention by a driver at or approaching the intersection,” Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Randy Christian said earlier this year. “Generally, we can all get home safely if every driver involved pays attention to the road and strictly obeys the traffic signals and rules of the road. They are in place to keep us safe. Just the least bit of inattention can lead to an accident in the blink of an eye, most especially in highly traveled areas such as Old Springville at Clay-Palmerdale.”
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