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New stoplight installed near Valley View Schools

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Jonesboro drivers will soon see a new stoplight on a highly traveled road.

A stoplight is being installed at the intersection of Valley View Drive and Southwest Drive. 

It's located by the Valley View School District.

Valley View Principal Roland Popejoy said they've talked about needing a stoplight at the intersection for more than 5 years.

He said they are excited to finally see it happen.

Popejoy said the district has between 400 and 500 student drivers come through the intersection daily, and that doesn't include the parents and faculty also driving to campus. 

He explained the intersection can become very congested before and after school.

Popejoy said he hopes this stoplight will help to make it safer for everyone.

“Trying to turn-in in the morning and turn-in in the afternoons for pick up and for drop off, it easily causes a dangerous situation with our parents and students slowing down to make that turn,” Popejoy said.

Some drivers aren't too excited about the new traffic signal.

Some who work along Southwest Drive near Valley View Schools said they worry the stoplight will slow traffic down and may become inconvenient.

However, they did mention that if it allows for more safety for students they understand the reasoning behind it.

Mark Nichols, engineer for the city of Jonesboro, said once installed the lights will flash to make the public aware.

Then after flashing they will start implementing all of the signals.

He said if weather permits, they hope to see the lights flashing in about a week.

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