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Finally! A Traffic Light!

We can all breathe a sigh of relief. We are finally getting a traffic light at the intersection of Route 42 and West Avenue.

According to the Marysville Journal-Tribune and an article in the Saturday, January 14 edition of The Plain City Advocate, the traffic light will be installed in 2014. The cost will be $500,000 with $400,000 being funded by the state. Plain City will have to pay the remaining $100,000.

As anyone who lives in Plain City knows, the intersection at West Avenue and Route 42 has always been the location of many, many accidents. Traffic on 42 comes flying through the intersection and on some days it is nearly impossible to cross or get out on to the state route from West Avenue.

Since I drive this route almost every day to go to the post office and the pharmacy, I am extremely glad to know that a light will be installed. We still have a few years to go, but at least now, we know it is coming.

One day when I was waiting at the stop sign on West Avenue beside Der Dutchman, I witnessed a horrible accident. An older gentleman on a scooter tried to cross 42 and was hit by the tail end of a semi. He was thrown into the middle of Route 42, his scooter a crumpled mess. Luckily, he was okay, but a stoplight there would have prevented the accident completely.

From the pharmacy, we can see the intersection and hear the sounds when a collision takes place. It is always cause for alarm when the echo of screeching brakes reaches us. We always fear the worst–a death at that deadly intersection. Hopefully, everyone will continue to drive carefully until the traffic light is in place.

Joe laughed and said, “Finally, we are going to be a three stoplight town! First, we had more people than West Jefferson in the last census. Now we’re getting a third stoplight. What other great changes are coming?”

We’ll just have to wait and see!

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