Council to consider traffic study for Fifth Street light

A line of cars waits to get through the intersection at 5th and Market. City Council today will consider whether to conduct a traffic study determining the stoplight’s necessity there.

A line of cars waits to get through the intersection at 5th and Market. City Council today will consider whether to conduct a traffic study determining the stoplight’s necessity there. Photo by Dean Asher.

Drivers frustrated by shortened traffic signals in downtown Fulton could soon see a solution to that problem.

The Fulton City Council is set to consider a resolution to conduct a traffic study at the traffic signals at the intersections of Market and Fourth streets and Market and Fifth streets.

“What we want to look at is if there is still a need and/or justification for the light at Market and Fifth, and are the stop lights timed properly or do we need to make adjustments,” said Director of Administration Bill Johnson.

He said the proposed study was prompted by comments from area residents.

“It’s come to our attention that ... there’s a traffic controller that runs the cycle (for those lights) and once and a while it will do a short cycle, and for the north/south traffic it only lets a few cars through before it switches,” Johnson said. “We have not been able to diagnose that problem.”

He said the study will help city engineers determine whether the Fifth Street light is necessary and what the potential impact removing the light would have on surrounding side streets. He said if the traffic light is removed it will be replaced with stop signs on Fifth Street at that intersection, “very similar to Sixth or Seventh streets.”

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