Commuters who live in a North Mt. Juliet subdivision and those who travel along Lebanon Road will breathe a sigh of relief today because finally a much needed traffic light was officially activated.
Mt. Juliet Deputy Public Works Director Andy Barlow confirmed the traffic light at the intersection of Lebanon Road and North Greenhill Road was "turned on" Wednesday morning. The project has been in the works for years and has finally come to fruition to help deal with the "troublesome spot" that has seen many traffic accidents.
The light was completely paid for by the state with "zero dollars from the city," Barlow said.
He said plans originally were to reroute North Greenhill Road near Benton Douglas, but this didn't work out. The Tennessee Department of Transportation project widened North Greenhill a few blocks to secure right and left turn lanes onto Lebanon Road at the new light.
"We are very happy to finally see this project come to completion," Barlow said. "This has been in the works for many years, and is a much needed addition to serve the long delays often experienced on North Greenhill Road."
Another intersection with a history of crashes, Park Glen Drive at Lebanon Road, will see a new stoplight as well. Barlow said City Manager Kenny Martin submitted a grant, and the city was awarded some safety funds for the installation there. TDOT is in the surveying and design stage for this stoplight. He said it would be installed in the next year.
Regarding the light at North Greenhill, Barlow said this traffic signal was placed at that intersection prior to the high school site being selected. Recently the county approved the construction of a brand new Mt. Juliet High School on the corner of North Greenhill.
"If the high school were to be constructed as it is proposed on Lebanon Road, then we will need to look at moving the signal to the new intersection since the traffic from North Greenhill Road will be rerouted through the school property to the intersection with Benton Douglas Parkway," said Barlow.
However, it will be a few years before the school is built and this new traffic signal will serve commuters in the interim.