City officials said the new traffic light will prevent traffic from backing up in the Pell City Industrial Park after shift changes.
“It is a wonderful, permanent solution to a problem,” Pell City Police Chief Greg Turley said after the city council agreed to pay for the installation of the traffic light.
The light cost the city about $40,000, about half the total cost of the installation of the new light signal. Turley said the intersection was worse during the school year because school ends about the same as a shift change.
The intersection, before the installation of the light, was so congested that police officers were pulled from other duties to direct traffic there.
The Alabama Department of Transportation did a traffic study and installed the light. The city is responsible for the maintenance of the traffic light. City officials said the traffic study took almost one year to complete.
The new traffic light was initially a yellow caution flashing light, so drivers could get use to it before it was changed over to a normal traffic signal this week.
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