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Prince Street ribbon cutting Monday

Posted: May 16, 2014 - 5:14pm

The City of Conway Mayor’s Office is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday to signify the completion of the Prince Street road improvement project.

All are invited to the Farris/Prince Street Roundabout at 10 a.m. Monday to celebrate a safer, greater capacity roadway that replaced three traffic lights with three roundabouts. The event was originally scheduled for May 13, but was rescheduled due to weather.

Alderman Grimes noted that the Prince Street project proves once again the value of roundabouts. “They are safer, more efficient, look better and are more cost effective in the long run,” Grimes said. “I would like to see us strive to replace more stoplights with roundabouts where we can.”

Traffic flow is coordinated in a four roundabout sequence, accommodating heavy traffic flow in the early and extended evening rush hours, as well as high school traffic and extensive commercial traffic, the Mayor’s Office said in a news release.

Alderman Mary Smith said, “One of my main platforms has always been to improve traffic flow and I think we hit a home run with the new Prince Street design.”

By creating a corridor enhanced with lighting and landscaping that reduces some of the previous visual clutter along the roadway, the City of Conway has raised the bar and created a municipal standard.

Alderman Mark Ledbetter indicated with the Prince Street project he feels the city has created a safer, more functional and attractive roadway.

Alderwoman Shelley Mehl stated that Conway citizens should be proud of the results of the Prince Street project, but “we must continue to use our resources effectively to improve all modes of transportation,” she said.

Chief of Staff Jack Bell said the competition of the Prince Street project is something for Conway to be proud of, and he hopes it will serve as a model for the rest of the state.

(Staff writer Michelle Corbet can be reached by email at michelle.corbet@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1215. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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