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Southside Mayor: ArDOT turns down light at Camp Tahkodah Rd intersection

At Monday night’s Southside City Council meeting, there was some discussion concerning the possibility of installing a traffic light at the Camp Tahkodah Road/Newport Road and Batesville Boulevard intersection.

Tuesday morning, Southside Mayor Ray Bowman told White River Now’s Gary Bridgman he’s already heard from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (ArDOT) regarding the potential installation of a traffic signal at that location, and the answer was “No.”

The mayor says ArDOT turned down the installation because they said the traffic flow did not warrant the light. The last fatal traffic accident at the intersection was in July.

Also at the meeting, there continued to be discussion of drawings for the Triangle Lane changes. The city wants to prevent traffic on Triangle Lane from turning left onto Batesville Boulevard toward Ramsey Mountain by sealing off part of the lane. The mayor and other council members have concerns that cars turning left onto Batesville Boulevard from Triangle Lane risk collision with oncoming traffic. The council discussed sending the drawings to ArDOT for review.

The group also discussed the availability of grants to build sidewalks in the Southside city limits that would extend from Nova Joe’s Coffee on Batesville Boulevard to T.J. Circle.

The council’s next regularly scheduled meeting is set for Nov. 9.

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