City proceeds with signals

Friday, March 10, 2017

Shelbyville is moving forward with plans to build a traffic signal at a busy intersection.

The City Council voted at its monthly meeting Thursday to accept a traffic study saying a signal is needed for the intersection of U.S. 231 North and Airport Business Park Drive. The study will be sent to the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

"This is a budgeted project," City Manager Jay Johnson said.

Assuming TDOT approves the project, construction would move forward with bidding. Johnson said he does not have a time frame.

Council member Henry Feldhaus asked if the signal would be built using funds from the sale of the old county hospital. Johnson said the hospital funds would cover most, but not all, of the cost.

In other business, the council approved a contract to build a signal on North Main Street at Palmer Drive.

The council also approved declaring an old sexton house at Willow Mount Cemetery as surplus. Johnson said the city would first offer the house to a charity or church or other non-profit if they are willing to move it. Plan B would be to sell the house to someone willing to move it. Failing those outcomes, the city would demolish the house.

And, the council approved an agreement with Garver Engineering to build to the road entrance with utilities for the 231 North Industrial Park. The work is expected to take up to 120 days, according to city documents.