2/28/23: Community members asked about the installation of a traffic light at Rte. 1 and Jamestown Road.

The Town Manager indicated that a light has been considered, but is a long ways off from being warranted at this time. He shared that it is more likely a light will be installed at Archie Cannon Road and Rte. 1 in the relatively near future.  The Public Works Director talked about traffic signal warrants, which are the set of requirements that should be met to install a traffic light.  He indicated traffic volumes and accident thresholds have not been met at the location and based on current traffic volumes and patterns he did not expect them to be met soon.  The Town Manager asked the Public Works Director to research if there is a waiver process to the warrants needed for a signal.

Follow Up: Public Works indicates traffic signals should only be installed when meeting nationally recognized traffic warrants, which there are 9.  Problems created by an unwarranted signal include excessive delay, increased rerouting of traffic to less appropriate roads or intersections, higher crash rates and disobedience of the traffic signal.     The warrants that apply to this type of intersection are the ones dealing with traffic volumes, accident history, and pedestrian volumes.  None of those warrants are currently met to install a traffic signal at that intersection.   We will monitor the intersection to see when it is warranted and with keeping in mind that we would need to budget for around $500,000.00 at today’s costs. 

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1. 2/28/23: What can be done about traffic and speeding on the Street?
2. 2/28/23: Community members asked about speed bumps as a means to reduce speed and frustrate cut through traffic.
3. 2/28/23: Community members asked about the installation of a traffic light at Rte. 1 and Jamestown Road.
4. 2/28/23: Community members asked about paving of Jamestown Road and implied that the lack of paving of the street could be due to discrimination.
5. 2/28/23: Community members asked about the possible installation of sidewalks along Jamestown Road.
6. 2/28/23: One community member indicated someone was regularly sitting far back on Lacy Drive and had told residents he was “monitoring trains”.
7. 2/28/23: Community members asked why children from Jamestown Road do not track to Ashland schools even though they are Town of Ashland residents.
8. 2/28/23: Community members discussed their frustration with some specific zoning cases, but also asked the larger question of who decides whether something can or cannot be built.
9. 2/28/23: A resident asked about a building permit for their home that has not been released by the Town.
10. 2/28/23: A resident inquired of what could be done about a horrible sewerage smell in the area.
11. 2/28/23: Can the Town review various old, decaying or leaning trees along the ROW for safety and possible removal?
12. 2/28/23: Can a streetlight be installed on Jamestown Road between Rte 1 and the I-95 bridge? Residents feel it is dark and a potential safety issue?