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Last Modified: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:00 PM
JENNINGS — The intersection of North Main and Market streets, South Main and Wood streets, and East Academy and Cary avenues will soon became permanent four-way stops.
The City Council approved changes in the traffic flow Tuesday after recommendations last month from Police Chief Todd D’Albor.
Mayor Terry Duhon said the four-way stops will help improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety.
“We had the police chief do a thorough study and at any time there was not enough traffic to warrant a red light at these intersections,” Duhon said. “If we don’t need a red light, why have one?”
The study was conducted at various hours and days, including weekends.
At any given time, only one or two vehicles passed the intersections at the same time, D’Albor said.
Duhon said stop signs can control traffic flow as easily and effectively as signals.
The signs will also save the city some money because they’re easier to maintain than signals. Many of the lights are outdated, and parts are no longer available to repair them, Duhon said.