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City to look at adding traffic light

Meeting set for 6 p.m. Tuesday

Two months after addressing traffic concerns at Brampton Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway, by commissioning a traffic signal to be installed to moderate vehicle flow, City Councilmen are again looking at ways to maximize traffic safety.
Adding another traffic light at a busy section of highway will top the agenda when city leaders gather for a regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall.
Council will decide whether to award a contract, for $81,190, to Needham’s Traffic Signal for a new light at the intersection of Brannen Street and Walmart Drive.
Funding for the project will be paid for using 2007 SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) dollars.
The traffic signal would moderate vehicle flow at an intersection that frequently traps drivers exiting Walmart because of heavy traffic moving both ways along Brannen Street.
Statesboro City Engineer Robert Cheshire said a new light at the location is “seriously needed.”
Needham’s Traffic Signal, the contractor submitting the lowest bid for costs, previously worked for the city to install a traffic light at the intersection of Buckhead Drive/Henry Boulevard and Brannen Street.
In other business Tuesday, council will vote to approve or deny a pair of variance requests that would allow for future projects.
Builders (GSU Development LLC) of a new apartment complex at 111 Rucker Lane, formerly home to The Varsity Apartments, will seek a variance to allow the number of permissible bedrooms at the future site be increased from 688 to 710.
Also, representatives for Hendley Properties will request a variance that subdivides a 1.29-acre lot at Sagebrush to allow for the construction of a single-family studio home.
In one other order of business, council will hold a public hearing and consider the approval of a resolution that would exempt certain city vehicles from decals or other marking requirements for one year.
The meeting will be held in City Hall’s second-floor council chambers.

Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.

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