One of the most dangerous intersections in Live Oak has been tamed with the installation of a new three-position traffic signal. There had previously been only a flashng signal at the intersection of Houston Ave. and Duval St., the site of numerous serious accidents in recent years. The new signal was installed earlier this month.

"It's a great thing," said Live Oak Mayor Sonny Nobles.

The city and county split the $114,000 cost of installing the light. "We worked together to get it done," said County Commission Chairman Ivie Fowler. "We're really working well together this year."

Nobles said the city approached the county about splitting the cost of the signal in part because of increased traffic on Houston since the opening of 72nd Trace, the bypass route to the growing commercial district around I-10. Houston intersects 72nd Trace one-and-a-half miles past Duval.

The signal now flashes yellow and red, but will be fully operational once synchronized with other city traffic signals.

Robert Bridges can be reached by calling 386-362-1734 ext. 134 or by e-mail at robert.bridges@gaflnews.com.

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