Local Residents Oppose Bono Traffic Light

July 9, 2003 - Posted at: 5:14 p.m. CDT

BONO, Ark. -- Some residents in Bono are not happy with the proposed location of a new traffic light.  The new signal would stop traffic at the foot of Bono hill on Highway 63.

Bono Mayor Duncan says, "We're afraid that people stopping at the bottom of the hill at a signal light and a big truck, an 18-wheeler coming down that hill doing sixty miles an hour or faster they won't be able to stop and hit a school bus full of children."

These concerns are causing engineers to re-evaluate their initial plan.  This project is part of improvements to U.S. Highway 63 which; when completed; will bypass the town of Bono all together.

According to District 10 Engineer, Joe Barnett, "We're going to look at that and see if there's something we dan do as well as considering relocation of the signal."

Mayor L.M. Duncan says the town has a better alternative, however, city engineers say there has to be an appropriate traffic count for the new location. "We'd rather have the signal light on Highway 230 which is more flat.  If you have two trucks at the bottom of the hill and they go side by side all the way to the top traffic is going to be backed up quite a ways."

Duncan says congestion during rush hours is an accident waiting to happen.  Officials agree changes in location will not slow down the project and they want the best conclusion for the long run.