Warning light to be installed at busy Chelsea intersection

CHELSEA – A beacon light will be installed at one of Chelsea’s busiest, and most dangerous, intersections after the City Council approved Mayor Tony Picklesimer to contract with Shelby County on the project.

The Council voted in favor of the project at its meeting on Tuesday, July 17, giving Picklesimer the authority to work with the Shelby County Highway Department for the warning light at the intersection of Shelby County 39 and Shelby County 36.

“To me, it was kind of a no-brainer because the county puts the signal up and all we have to do is maintain it,” Picklesimer said.

Officials hope the light will make the intersection safer following wrecks resulting from motorists not following the rules of the four-way stop.

There are no plans to install traffic signals at the intersection, Picklesimer said.

“It will be years if ever before that intersection would warrant a red light,” the mayor said, citing state and county regulations about signals including traffic count and other factors.