New traffic pattern suiting Hebron Estates just fine

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By Thomas Barr

 HEBRON ESTATES -- One of the routine concerns in a city which has two schools which use East Hebron Lane is speeding.

But a change in traffic flow this year for high schools has seemed to improve the situation for residents who live in the original portion of Hebron Estates.

Mayor Jerry Clark and Pioneer Village police chief D.J. Reynolds said the decision this year to force all North Bullitt students to exit west toward Preston Highway has worked out well.

After the first couple of months, Reynolds said the students realize they can't turn right and it has not posed any problems.

Traffic at the Preston Highway light backs up for a few minutes but it is quickly gone, said the chief.

At a request of the city commission, Reynolds said he would have Pioneer Village officers continue to watch for speeding along Burkland Boulevard.

For years, residents have complained about students from North Bullitt cutting through the subdivision to beat the traffic light. This resulted in speeding issues, especially along Burkland Boulevard.

In other business:

*Clark said the requirements on replacing street signs appear to be no more clear than before.

In talking with the mayors, the opinions differ on the federal sign standards.

City attorney Mark Edison, who represents six of the eight municipalities in Bullitt County, said the federal standards were revised in 2006 but the information is just now being sent to the states.

While not sure the regulations would be enforced, Edison was still worried about what might happen if the city doesn't do it. Besides any possible loss of state funding, Edison was concerned about liability issues if accidents occur and the city didn't follow the regulations.

Clark said that until the requirements are more clear, it would be difficult for the city to do anything.

In Shepherdsville, the works crew has been busy replacing its signs. Other local cities have taken a more cautious approach.

The focus on the new regulations would be to make signs more visible and uniform.

*The commission approved the grinding of stumps along East Hebron Lane.

Clark said about 10 trees had been cut along the roadway to help avoid problems in the winter. The shaded area led to freezing of the road.

The trees had already been cut but the council approved the $40-$50 expense per tree to grind the stump.

The next meeting of the Hebron Estates City Commission will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the community center on Burkland Boulevard. The public is invited to attend.