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Town addresses minor traffic issues

The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen was expected to deal with some minor traffic issues in the town at its Sept. 13 meeting.
One suggestion is to reverse the traffic flow in the Post Office parking lot.
According to a town report, Operations Manager Craig Ford made the recommendation, which was reviewed by the Traffic Advisory Committee.
“The need to look at the parking layout and traffic flow resulted from the Boone Street landscape plan, and working to get a left turn lane northbound on Boone Street at the Post Office entrance,” the town report said. “The turn lane is needed in our existing layout in order to keep traffic from backing up on Boone Street because of congestion in the entrance to the Post Office lot.”
Visitors would enter the lot in what is now the exit. Suggestions were also made to redo the parking lot spaces from perpendicular to another style, as well as create several handicap-accessible spaces.
The Traffic Advisory Committee voted unanimously to recommend the plan to the BMA.
The BMA will also take into consideration reducing the speed limit on West Main Street between the city limits and Five Points, to make the intersection safer.
The speed limit change, which was approved last year, was put on hold while the Tennessee Department of Transportation performed a safety audit of Five Points.
The recommendation is to reduce the speed limit on State Route 81 South from the city limits to Persimmon Ridge Road from 45 mph to 30 mph, and on State Route 353 from the city limits to the Five Points intersection from 45 mph to 30 mph.
The speed limit is also expected to change from 30 mph to 2 mph on North Cherokee Street, and another speed table will most likely be installed on North Cherokee as well above the entrance to the Justice Center.