Busy Phenix City roadway to undergo major change with new traffic light

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -  A busy roadway is getting a major makeover with the simple addition of a traffic light.

The strings are strung for what city engineers say will be a new light on Riverchase Drive off JR Allen Parkway, sitting right in the middle of what some say is a busy and sometimes dangerous area.

"Well, a lot of people come through Riverchase instead of going down 280. You've got a lot of back up traffic down there," said driver George Stephens.

"Traffic has tripled up. Even going up Summerville Road is getting worse and worse," said driver Don Ouzts.

Phenix City says a recent traffic study found this area has significantly increased in traffic volume. With Idle Hour Park along with new apartment complex, Rock Island Ridges sitting just on Riverchase Drive, more cars are flowing through more than ever.

"I think a traffic light will cut down on some accidents," said Ouzts.

"I think it will be very helpful. It'll slow people down," said Stephens.

This area is no stranger to danger with fatal crashes dating back to 2005 and 2010.

Police say 11 accidents happened last year and three so far this year on Riverchase Drive. It's the speed of vehicles that intensifies the danger of the area.

The city says its partnership with the Alabama Department of Transportation is key to completing this project to keep drivers safe and to cut down on headaches of traffic.

 Engineers said they expect the light to be up and running in 30 to 45 days. When the light first comes on, it will just flash yellow to warn drivers the new light is in place.

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