New Light Puts Stop to Traffic Congestion

Turning onto Main Street is about to get easier because of the stoplight that is being placed on the intersection of Main and W. Ninth  Avenue near the Huckins apartments.

Junior business major Cody Jackson jokingly asked, “There’s a new stoplight?”

Stop lights are still covered as installation continues at the intersection near campus. Seth Stephens/The Bells

Stop lights are still covered as installation continues at the intersection near campus. Seth Stephens/The Bells

Its construction isn’t elaborate, but it’s noticeable. For students who dare to turn left onto Main Street, the stoplight is a welcomed presence.

City engineer Mike Huber said, “Trying to make a left turn from Ninth Avenue onto Main Street during peak traffic times can be quite a challenge, and this signal will alleviate that problem.”

Main Street, which is also Highway 317, is maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation. Huber said that TxDOT studied the intersection in what is known as a warrant study and concluded that a stoplight was necessary.

“There are quite a few criteria that go into a warrant,” Huber said, “but the ultimate goal is to alleviate a problem at an intersection.”

Senior business management major Mitch Goodman said that a stoplight would’ve been helpful for him in his previous years as a Crusader.

With a larger student body and more potential traffic coming onto campus because of football games at Crusader Stadium, a stoplight will help reduce accidents.

The location of the new stoplight.

The location of the new stoplight.

But will the stoplight encourage more students to use Main Street rather than Loop 121 to get to places like H-E-B and Wal-Mart?

“I’ll still probably go the back way,” Jackson said.

Huber said he understands the project should be completed “sometime around the end of September, if not sooner.”

Perhaps as the lights of the new stadium shine on the Crusaders when they play Wesley Sept. 21, the lights of the new stoplight will be on too. Regardless of when the project is finished, the new light will provide safety for students exiting campus.

Huber said, “In my professional opinion, the signal will allow for safer travel from Ninth Avenue onto Main Street.”

Author: Tyler Agnew

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