Alabaster planning upgrades to city intersection
Published 3:16 pm Wednesday, July 15, 2015
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
ALABASTER – Drivers on Alabaster Boulevard near the Jim ‘n Nick’s restaurant soon will see some changes, as the city is preparing to make upgrades to the intersection of Jimmy Gould Drive and Alabaster Boulevard.
During a July 13 pre-meeting work session, the Alabaster City Council reviewed plans to make multiple changes to the intersection in an effort to make it safer.
Currently, only traffic traveling from Jimmy Gould Drive onto Alabaster Boulevard is required to stop, while there are no stop signs for traffic traveling north and south on Alabaster Boulevard.
Alabaster Boulevard’s current southern terminus is the Jim ‘n Nick’s restaurant, but traffic traveling north from the restaurant’s parking lot is given the right-of-way. Vehicles traveling south through the intersection are given a yield sign, even for through traffic.
The intersection currently features no on-pavement arrows to indicate the flow of traffic on Alabaster Boulevard.
While the intersection has not seen a high number of vehicle wrecks, Ward 1 Councilwoman Sophie Martin said the city is looking to take proactive steps in the name of safety.
“Something does need to be done. I travel that intersection four or five times a day, and there have been quite a few close calls,” Martin said. “It’s obvious there is some confusion.”
Alabaster is preparing to fund the addition of five stop signs at the intersection, and is planning to move the current stop sign on Jimmy Gould Drive several feet closer to the intersection.
The project also calls for new striping and arrows at the intersection to clearly define turn lanes and stopping points. Once the project is complete, all traffic will stop at the intersection.
The project likely will cost about $6,000, and likely will be completed in six to eight weeks, Henry said.