From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — Drivers in Trussville can expect big changes along North Chalkville Road from Green Drive to Valley Road.
A traffic light was installed by Jefferson County at the four-way intersection of North Chalkville Road, Green Drive and Pineview Drive. Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat said there are several changes to improve traffic in that area.
“The county is talking about re-striping North Chalkville,” Choat said. “They want to create a small turn lane so it doesn’t bottleneck if somebody’s trying to turn.”
There will also be improvements made to Pineview Drive.
The county may eventually remove the traffic signal on North Chalkville Road and Norrell Drive, to improve traffic flow, but that has not yet been determined, according to Choat.
Another change will be made to the Valley Road intersection. It will become a right-in and right-out intersection. Drivers will not be able to make a left turn out of Valley Road onto North Chalkville Road. They will also not be able to make a left onto Valley Road from North Chalkville Road.
“Trying to turn left from the Shell station to get back onto the interstate is tough,” Choat said. “So, we’re hoping some of that traffic going around it will make it a little bit easier.”
Drivers wanting to go from Valley Road to North Chalkville Road towards Clay will not be able to take a left turn directly from Valley Road. They will have to use Valley Road Loop to Pineview Road to get to North Chalkville Road. Another option is to go straight from Valley Road onto Norrell Drive and turn around. Drivers would then go back to North Chalkville and take a right.
Further down Valley Road, the extension to the Pinnacle Shopping Center is expected to be open by Labor Day. There is now a detour in place.
“It is open now all the way down to Linden Street,” said Choat. “The intersection is in and repaved.”
The extension runs parallel to Interstate 59. The goal is to take traffic congestion away from Chalkville Road and U.S. Highway 11.