A new traffic light has been placed on Hwy. 29 in front of the new Kroger in Clarke County. So, why can’t a traffic light be installed in front of Ingles just a few miles up the road in Madison County?
That’s what county commissioners want to know.
For years, Madison County leaders have pushed for a traffic light at Hwy. 29 and Old Danielsville Road and Hwy. 29 in front of Ingles. A number of wrecks have happened at that intersection and county commissioners have long fought for a traffic light there, which they say will improve safety.
But the state Department of Transportation determines where traffic lights are placed on state routes, not county governments. And Madison County has been denied twice in recent years on light requests on state routes. The county also asked the DOT to place a traffic light on Hwy. 72 and Foote McClellan Road, where a Dill’s Food City store intended to locate. But the DOT said there’s not enough traffic there to warrant a light. County leaders were informed that “anticipated traffic” wasn’t just cause for a light.
But a traffic light has been placed in front of the new Kroger near the Madison/Clarke County line. And county officials want to know why that light was approved in Clarke County, while Madison County’s requests have been denied.
Commissioner Mike Youngblood brought the matter up July 28 at the end of the board’s regular meeting.
“Can we contact the DOT to do a traffic study at Ingles and (First) Citizens Bank?” asked Youngblood.
Commission chairman Anthony Dove said before any studies are conducted, the county needs an explanation from the DOT on why the Kroger light was approved, but the Madison County requests have been denied.
“I told them (the DOT) that once they put that up (the Kroger light), we’d be coming back to them,” said Dove.
The group agreed to arrange a meeting with the DOT and state senator Frank Ginn to discuss the issue.
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