By Rick Palsgrove
Efforts are continuing to improve the flow of traffic on busy Winchester Pike.
According to Mike Meeks, traffic engineer with the Franklin County Engineer’s office, a traffic light will be installed at the intersection of Watkins Road and Winchester Pike sometime between now and March.
“The neighbors have been asking for the traffic signal for a long time,” said Meeks. “The intersection is under traffic stress and traffic is increasing.”
Meeks said around 13,000 cars travel on Winchester Pike each day. He said that is a high volume of traffic for a two-lane road.
Additionally, Meeks said 3,000 vehicles use Watkins Road every day.
“It’s all about the traffic flow,” said Meeks.
According to Meeks, the cost to install the traffic signal is around $80,000. He said the intersection is already designed to fit with a traffic signal.
Additional changes planned for Winchester Pike include the $5.7 million reconfiguration of its intersection with Bixby and Brice roads in 2015; and an interim renovation of Winchester Pike’s intersection with Shannon and Ebright roads in 2014 that includes a traffic signal and some road widening on Winchester Pike.
The county plans to make more extensive renovations to the Winchester Pike/Shannon Road/Ebright Road intersection in 2016, costing around $4 million, that will include the installation of turn lanes, widening the nearby bridge over Blacklick Creek and a traffic signal.