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New traffic improvements a sign of growth in Opelika

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OPELIKA, Ala. - New development in Opelika is sparking several traffic projects in the area. News Three's Naomi Keitt tells us what projects the city is working on and how much it will cost. Construction. It's one sign of development and it's happening right here in Opelika.

"The traffic light will be kind of a sign of the growth that's coming to the area," said City Engineer Scott Parker.

Opelika City Council approved 2 bids at their meeting Tuesday night that will help;p imrove several intersections in the city. The first will be a traffic light at Capps Landing and Gateway Drive. It's the entrance to several hotels and a brand new movie theater.

"Movie theaters generate a lot of traffic especially at one time when the movies let out. It'll be loaded up pretty well so it'll be set up to hold the traffic on the crossings to lets all this traffic out," said Parker.

Council approved a little over $190,000 for the contractor. The money includes a temporary light to coincide with the movie theater opening, a permanent light which should be in place this summer, new left turn lanes, road alignment and light communication between the new light and existing Gateway signals.

The second project will take place at this intersection on South Uniroyal road and Highway 280. It'll cost a little more than half a million dollars and help to improve road safety in this area.

"The project is set up to realign the southern part of Uniroyal road to match the northern part. This will create a safer intersection for through traffic as well as for traffic coming in and out," said Parker.

The Alabama Department of Transportation will help pay for nearly half of the improvements on U.S. 280 and Uniroyal road. Temporary traffic lights will be installed at Gateway in the coming weeks. The permanent lights should be up sometime this summer.

Naomi Keitt

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