Four-Way Stop, Veterans Home On Fort Smith Agenda [Times Record, Fort Smith, Ark.]
(Times Record (Fort Smith, AR) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 15--At a regular board meeting Tuesday, the Fort Smith Board of Directors will consider changes to an intersection and a resolution encouraging the state to locate a new veterans home at Chaffee Crossing.
At the request of At-Large Director Kevin Settle, the board will vote on an ordinance to upgrade an intersection at Chaffee Crossing to a four-way stop. The intersection at Chad Colley Boulevard and Massard Road was the site of a fatal crash in August. Stop signs are currently posted on either side of Chad Colley.
"It's something we need to do out there for public safety," Settle said Thursday. "It's a growth area. We need to make sure it's a safe intersection for everybody."
A traffic count at the intersection was recently performed by the city. Results indicate a four-way stop is not warranted based on national standards, according to the Streets & Traffic Control Department.
The fatality is the only reported accident since the intersection was opened in four directions on Sept. 22, 2011, according to a city report. That same report recommends other changes that include "Cross traffic does not stop" and "Stop ahead" warning signs, in addition to larger stop signs, on Chad Colley.
On Massard, "Cross road" signs are recommended. It also recommends the 40 mph speed limit be lowered to 35 mph in all directions.
On Tuesday's consent agenda is a resolution encouraging the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs to locate a new state veterans home at Chaffee Crossing.
Last week, it was announced that Fort Smith and two other finalists were no longer in contention based on newfound federal requirements.
According to Cissy Rucker, director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs, the federal guidelines require a replacement veterans home be located within two hours of the old location in Little Rock. She also said Fort Smith was too close to the state's only veterans home in Fayetteville.
The board's resolution states, "Locating the Arkansas Veterans Home at Chaffee Crossing would allow veterans to live on former Army post lands in the shadows of current Army and Air National Guard facilities, thereby providing a location fitting to meet the housing needs of Arkansas' veterans."
Tuesday's meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Fort Smith Public Schools Service Cente, 3205 Jenny Lind Road.
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