Tribune-Courier News Editor
BENTON – The possibilities of a new traffic signal at 5th Street and Commerce Boulevard in Benton remains “premature” according to the Department of Highways. Public information officer Keith Todd confirmed the state is looking into the need of a new traffic signal, but said there’s still much work to be done before a determination is reached.
““We’re still doing studies,” Todd said. “Typically what they will do is observe the area for a few days, then go somewhere else and come back later. It’s amazing how people change their driving habits when they know they’re being watched.”
In a recent Benton City Council, the city encouraged installment of the traffic signal. Mayor Steve Cary also said the city had inquired about a caution light at the end of Commerce Boulevard.
The area has grown in recent years with a number of businesses and governmental offices at the intersection. Last summer, the city took steps to ease congestion along 5th Street by extending Commerce Boulevard to connect with Ky. 408. But for commuters using the thoroughfare, turning left on 5th Street can still be difficult during busy daytime traffic.
Last week, Todd said the state was considering installation of a traffic signal, but would have to continue observation of the area.