My View: Does Sullivan Trail Need Another Traffic Signal?
A long-awaited traffic signal should be ready by the end of July where Meco Road meets Sullivan Trail in Forks Township.
For the past few months, I've kept everyone updated about the progress, from traffic delays for motorists because of widening to the signals being put up themselves.
I've snapped photos that were posted on our Palmer/Forks Patch.com Facebook page and it was like lighters suddenly went on when a band plays its biggest ballad at a concert.
Everyone can't wait for this traffic light.
But think about it: Do we really need another one on Sullivan Trail?
The addition of the Meco Road traffic light -- while probably reducing accidents at a dangerous intersection -- will make five in less than a mile on the stretch of Sullivan Trail from Meco Road to Old Mill Road.
Now, just like the next guy, I'm all for public safety.
But isn't this too many stops and starts?
It's hard enough these days getting to places without some sort of delay, whether traffic or construction. (Seems like this summer too, road projects are everywhere in Palmer and Forks townships.)
So would the township consider removing a traffic light?
Probably not, especially since the new Park Plaza at Sullivan Trail will be generating lots of traffic of its own once stores start filling it up.
So I guess we motorists are going to have to get ready to hit the brakes often as we drive that stretch of Sullivan Trail.
It could be worse, I guess. We could have no lights.