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Traffic light upgrades in Downtown Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - Traffic troubles will come to a halt in Russellville. The city will soon upgrade the lights in the downtown area because backup is causing a headache for drivers. 

It's stop and go while traffic flows in and out of Downtown Russellville on Main Street and Arkansas Avenue.

The Russellville public works director says 20 years ago the lights were put in using hard wiring. So, there is no way to change when the lights turn red. 

However, in two decades the downtown area has changed. It's brought more people to these streets. 

"The city is growing with other restaurants and things we haven't had before. It really makes a difference now," Todd Sweeden said. 

Sweeden has seen the area build up. He has owned Sweeden Florist in downtown for 45 years. 

"The traffic down here is so much more now. It's a state highway through here," Sweeden said. 

He says he sees traffic build up at certain parts of the day and car after car gets stopped. That's why the city is overhauling it's downtown traffic lights by upgrading them and putting them on timers. 

"I have sat at those stoplights several times. I know it kind of takes a while for traffic to get moving through," said Macie Whorton 

Whorton owns Chic Gypsy Boutique. She hopes this will solve other traffic issues too. 

"Parking downtown can sometimes be hard so maybe if the traffic flow can be quicker, maybe that'll help get people in and out and open up more parking spaces for businesses downtown," Whorton said. 

The new work on the traffic lights is expected to begin next week. It will cost the city about $25,000. 


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