TxDOT gives green light to remove Mineola traffic signal

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Mineola won’t be a one-light town but will soon become a two-light downtown, according to a letter sent by the Texas Department of Transportation to the city.

During last Monday’s special city council meeting, City Administrator Mercy Rushing announced she had received a letter from TXDOT informing the city of the status of the traffic signal at Broad and Line Streets.

The letter stated a study conducted of the three lights determined lights on Broad Street (Highway 80) at Highway 69 and Johnson Streets were still needed, but the one at Line Street was no longer needed. Rushing pointed out that the signal on Highway 80 already starts flashing at 7 p.m. every day.

TxDOT would either have to replace the light with a costly new one due to a safety issue, or remove it. They decided to remove it and install stop signs on each side of Line Street at the intersection.

Rushing said neither Chief of Police Chuck Bittner nor Fire Marshal David Madsen saw any problems with the action to be taken by TxDOT.

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