Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston also gave the council an update on traffic lights on U.S. 231.

“The light at Northgate Drive had to be repaired. It turned out that when one of the lights was recently hit it caused a short in the turn lane signal that would cause the lights to flash,” said Ralston. ”That has since been repaired.”

Ralston said he also learned that Arab is not the only city experiencing vehicles striking traffic lights.

“It’s also happened in Albertville and Boaz as well, but we’re hoping that once our cameras are in place on at least three intersections, we’ll be better able to investigate any problems like that in the future,” he said.

Joslin has also requested that the contractor who sets the timing on the lights to reprogram them in a more uniform manner.

“It turns out the state sets how the side street lights are timed depending on the traffic on each individual street,” said Ralston. “I can request that they come back at some point and look into that again for us,” he said.

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