Norfolk citizens have 3 weeks to comment on downtown street lights

NORFOLK - Norfolk citizens have about three weeks to make their feelings known on whether two stop lights in the downtown Norfolk area should be removed or restored.  At a hearing at Monday night’s meeting of the Norfolk City Council, City Administrator Shane Weidner said the Police Division has conducted two speed studies of the area near the intersections of 2nd and 3rd streets with Norfolk Avenue, including one within the last two weeks.  Weidner cautioned that stoplights can give both pedestrians and motorists a false sense of security. He says the only way to avoid accidents is for motorists and pedestrians to always assume the other person is not going to stop.  The lights have been covered for about the last four months and replaced by stop signs for north-south traffic.  The Council took no action after the public hearing, but will decide on October 7th whether to take the lights out or have them updated and restored.