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NU reportedly ready to pay for changes to downtown traffic lights

Published: 6:40 AM, 09/12/2013 Last updated: 6:41 AM, 09/12/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Newport Utilities is reportedly ready to pay for the installation of a new traffic light in downtown Newport, and to change the timing to improve traffic flow, according to Newport Mayor Connie Ball.

The Newport City Council approved a motion when it met Tuesday, Sept. 10, to send the two requests to NU's board of directors, who have final say in the matter.

Ball said NU engineer Jimmy Robertson told him and others at a meeting about downtown signalization that NU was interested in paying the estimated cost of $150,000-$200,000 needed to pay for a modern traffic light system at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Broadway, plus make the intersection pedestrian-ready and with wheelchair access.

For more details, see Thursday's edition of The Newport Plain Talk.

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