New stop signs expected to make downtown Paragould safer

Published: Sep. 11, 2023 at 7:50 PM CDT
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PARAGOULD, Ark. (KAIT) - Main Street Paragould has added stop signs on a busy street to keep its pedestrians and drivers safe.

On Friday, Sept. 8, Main Street Paragould announced the addition of four new stop signs along Pruett Street.

They are located at the intersections of East Emerson, East Poplar, and North Pruett Streets.

Miranda Reynolds, executive director of Main Street Paragould, said it’s hoped the new signs will slow traffic along the busy street.

“We want people to be able to walk, cross our streets,” she said. “Of course, eat, shop, and play in our downtown safely.”

Katherine Pierce has worked in downtown Paragould for the last year, she said she and others would worry for their safety at times.

“People would just fly by here like no tomorrow, all the time,” she said. “I think these stop signs are really going to put some safety into the community.”

The stop signs might take a while to get used to, but Pierce said she’s already noticed a difference downtown.

“You could be inside a building, and you’d hear them fly by, but now it’s nice,” Pierce said. “It’s quiet.”

In addition to the stop signs, Pierce suggested one other thing could make downtown safer.

“I’d say speed tables or a speed bump would be great,” she said.