Motorists later this year will have two new medians to navigate at 11th Street and Haskell Avenue.
City commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting unanimously agreed to install two 3-inch medians at the northbound and eastbound approaches to the intersection.
The intersection has a large curve where Haskell Avenue turns into 11th Street. Motorists had complained that many drivers were making the turn too tightly and getting into the oncoming lane of traffic.
The project is expected to cost $2,500 and will be installed by city crews.
Sign to remind drivers to yield to pedestrians
A new type of traffic sign soon will make an appearance at 19th and Tennessee streets.
Commissioners agreed to install signs reminding motorists that right turns on red are prohibited if a pedestrian is present at the intersection.
The sign was recommended by the Traffic Safety Commission after the city reported three pedestrian-vehicle accidents at the intersection in the last three years.
Commissioners approved the sign on a 90-day trial basis on a 4-1 vote. Mayor Mike Amyx opposed the idea. He said he did not think the sign would be effective in improving safety. He instead wanted to prohibit all right turns on red at the intersection.
Downtown crosswalk projects approved
Two new downtown crosswalk projects were unanimously approved by city commissioners.
Commissioners approved a bid of $267,229 from R.D. Johnson Excavating to build midblock crosswalks in the 600 block and 800 block of New Hampshire Street.
The project also will include repaving New Hampshire from Sixth Street to Eighth Street, restriping the street to add a center turn lane and rebuilding the Seventh and New Hampshire streets intersection.
Work on the project is expected to begin in mid-September and last through early November.