Posted on: December 20, 2017

Council Approves Beacons to Improve Crosswalk Safety

At its Dec. 19 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council approved funding for flashing beacons at eight crosswalks in town.

The solar-powered flashing beacons, also called rectangular rapid flash beacons, alert motorists to pedestrians on the crosswalk. Pedestrians push a button to activate the lights before crossing the roadway.

Beacon locationsBeacons will be installed along Holly Springs Road near its intersections with:

  • Raleigh Street
  • Johnson Street
  • Cobblepoint Way
  • Middlecrest Way

Beacons also will be installed along South Main Street near its intersections with:

  • Center Street
  • Town Hall parking lot entrance
  • Ballentine Street
  • Oak Avenue

At each location two rectangular rapid flashing beacons and two advanced warning signs, which also include lights, will be installed. The installation is expected to occur this spring.

The town’s first beacon was installed at the Grigsby Avenue crossing near Parrish Womble Park.

Also at the meeting, the council approved up to $38,645 for a study to determine how to further reduce odors at the wastewater treatment plant. Since the development of Morgan Park near the facility, the town has received odor complaints. In an effort to reduce the odor, a biofilter was installed and chemical injections into the system were increased. Results from these actions were mixed. This study focuses on changes needed to effectively reduce all odors from being released to the atmosphere at the headworks, where raw sewage enters the treatment plant. The sampling and analysis is timed for April 2018, for the best baseline results to determine next steps.

The council also approved entering into an infrastructure reimbursement agreement for oversizing sewer infrastructure to serve the Buckhorn Basin and additional lines to serve the Basil Creek pump station.

The council adopted a resolution declaring the town’s intent to close a portion of Raleigh Street right of way from Main Street to Grigsby Avenue. The resolution set a public hearing for Jan. 16, 2018. The town wishes to abandon the portion of the road behind the car wash as part of the Town Hall Commons Infrastructure and Parking Project to allow for operational and safety improvements to the roadway network.

The closure and abandonment of this section of Raleigh Street will remove the "K" intersection at the intersection of Main, Rogers and Raleigh streets, which does not meet engineering safety guidelines. Rogers Street is to be realigned and is proposed to be extended to Avent Ferry Road.

The Holly Springs Run Club presented a $15,000 check to the town Parks and Recreation Department for greenway improvements. Holly Springs Half Marathon Director Ryan Montelione thanked the council and staff for sponsoring and facilitating the second annual Holly Springs Half Marathon last month.

Holly Springs Parks and Recreation all-star soccer teams were recognized for achievements at the statewide soccer tournament. The 10U and the 12U boys finished as state runners-up, and the 12U girls won the state championship.

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