The Arab Tribune

Traffic lights continue to be struck by vehicles on U.S. 231.

“The one on 231 at 12th Avenue was hit last week,” Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston told the Arab City Council Monday night.

According to Assistant Police Chief Shane Washburn, the minimum height for traffic lights required by the state is 13 feet, 6 inches.

“We’re in compliance,” he said.

But, according to Ralston, the lights on 231 at Fourth Avenue, Seventh Avenue, 12th Avenue, Northgate Drive and Golfview Drive have all been damaged by vehicles traveling on the highway, some more than once.

“The state is suggesting that all new lights have a minimum height of 17 feet, but making adjustments to the lights we have would be very costly,” he said. “It appears trucks are hauling taller loads. Guntersville had six lights hit in one day."

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