Kirksville City Council vote to change traffic lights

Driving through downtown may become less frustrating thanks to a decision made by the Kirksville City Council.

Council members voted to try a trial run where stoplights flash red instead of cycling through red - yellow - and green. Drivers will now treat the flashing red signals as they would a four way stop sign. The traffic lights that are affected in the change include Jefferson with the cross streets of Marion, Franklin, Elson, and Main. McPherson and Washington that intersect with Marion will also be affected.

Council members and the Public Works Department hope the change will make driving through the city less frustrating.

"It takes a lot of time for them, especially when you have four of them in a row going across Jefferson. Stop signs are much more efficient because you can stop, you can look, you can go," said Alan Griffiths, Kirksville Public Works Director.

The change in the traffic lights will begin Tuesday or Wednesday. Kirksville City Council members will test the flashing red lights until September. Then, they will vote to go back to traffic lights or replace the lights with stop signs.