HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — Big changes are in store for Valley Avenue in Homewood.
According to Homewood City Councilman Britt Thames, the four-lane road will be reduced to three lanes: one eastbound, one westbound and one turn lane.
Thames said the city spent years studying the traffic on Valley Avenue, and discovered that traffic flowed poorly when cars had to stop in the travel lanes to turn left.
The study also found that people were speeding. According to Thames, peak speeds were up to 50 or 60 miles per hour. Valley avenue has a 35 mile per hour speed limit.
“You would slow traffic down, while at the same time improving efficiency because turning vehicles would be out of traffic. It’s also hoped that by slowing the traffic down it’ll reduce the amount of cut-through traffic, and so the overall traffic volume, hopefully, will decrease,” Thames said.
Alagasco crews are currently rerouting pipelines along Valley Ave. Once that project wraps up, crews will repave the road before painting the new lanes. Thames hopes that this will be done in the next few months, but he couldn’t provide an exact date.
At a public safety committee meeting Monday, Thames also asked that a crosswalk be added to Valley Ave. at Moretti Circle, and that streetlights be installed along Valley.
The committee expressed interest in both projects and agreed to begin looking into them. Official action cannot be taken at committee meetings.