90 day test period set on eliminating 20th Street traffic signal

Scottsbluff City Manager Rick Kuckkahn says a 90 day period to test the effectiveness of eliminating a traffic light 20th Street and 11th Avenue will begin around August 1st. The city is considering eliminating the traffic signal due to decreased traffic at the intersection and placing stop signs for north and south traffic on 11th Avenue.

Resident Richard Schank, who has lived at the intersection for 30 years, told the council Monday night the light has resulted in a drastic decline in accidents at the intersection, and he opposes removing it. Kuckkahn says Schank's remarks were well received and the city will be careful not to create a hazardous situation.

Kuckkahn told the council the traffic light was costing around $20,000 annually for maintenance and operation, and it is in need of repairs now.

During the test period the traffic signals at the intersection will be turned off and covered, but will not be removed.

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