PHOTO: An illustration showing the location of the new traffic signal.
By LANDON WOODROOF
Jordan Elementary School is set to open this coming fall in the southeastern part of Brentwood on Split Log Road.
In advance of that opening, the City of Brentwood is taking steps to try to improve congestion in the area.
When thinking of how to make traffic move quicker at that intersection, city staff had previously considered several options. One of these options was to construct a roundabout. Another was to re-route Split Log Road to allow for a continuous flow of traffic.
A study was conducted to determine the best option. That study recommended a two-phased approach.
On Monday night, the City Commission approved a $406,000 contract to complete the first phase of the process. This phase will see the construction of a traffic signal at the three-way stop at Split Log Road and Ragsdale Road.
The contract will also call for some milling and repaving at the site so that the intersection has a new look.
City Engineer Mike Harris said at a briefing last week that the contract calls for Sessions Paving Company to order the poles for the traffic signals within two weeks of being awarded the contract. This is because the poles have a long lead time before delivery.
Harris said the contract states the project must be substantially completed within two weeks of the poles’ arrival.
Bednar said these stipulations may mean that drivers do not notice a lot of activity at the intersection right away. The goal with these requirements was to ensure that workers did not tear up the area and then have to leave it like that for several weeks before poles come in.
Bedar said the city would monitor the effect of the traffic signal on congestion near the intersection.
Phase II, if it is ever carried out, would involve widening Split Log Road to create double westbound turn lanes. Crews would also widen Ragsdale Road to allow construction of a dedicated southbound turn lane, according to documents on the city website.
The traffic signalization project is scheduled to be wrapped up before the start of Jordan Elementary School’s inaugural school year.