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Goodman signal gains state okay

Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

traffic signal - redA traffic signal at the entrance of Goodman Manufacturing in Fayetteville has gained approval from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).

In a letter to City Mayor John Ed Underwood last week, David Layhew, a regional director with TDOT, stated a traffic study has concluded that a traffic signal is warranted at the plant’s entrance.

“Per the request of Sen. Jim Tracy and Rep. Pat Marsh, the TDOT Region 3 Traffic Office performed a traffic study at the intersection of SR15 (U.S. 64 bypass) and the Goodman Manufacturing plant entrance to determine the need for a traffic signal,” stated Layhew. “During the course of this study, traffic volumes, accident data and field conditions were all reviewed in order for this study to be complete. This traffic study concludes that a traffic signal is warranted at the subject intersection.

“Since the intersection is located inside the jurisdiction of Fayetteville, the city would be responsible for the installation and maintenance of the proposed traffic signal,” Layhew’s letter continues.

Underwood said last week, after receiving official notification of approval, he will take the proposal to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. The city may also seek some funding assistance from Goodman, the mayor said, referring to the expense of the signal.

“First we will check with Fayetteville Public Utilities to determine what the cost will be,” he said. “We’ll also see if Goodman wishes to put up some of the funds since it is their request. We may be able to share the expense together.”

Tracy said last week that the approval is another good example of everyone working together to help enhance safety within the community.