Chris Crowell

Crowell

Lebanon Ward 4 Councilor Chris Crowell provided an update to bring a traffic signal to the Crowell Lane and Leeville Pike intersection after a fatal wreck at the location last weekend.

The wreck Sunday resulted in the death of a motorcyclist.

“Having lived and grown up in this area, you just hold your breath any time you hear ambulance sirens, police sirens and those type of things. It’s tragic. I’m sick thinking about it,” he said.

Crowell, other councilors and city officials are in the process of bringing a traffic light and other safety improvements to the intersection that residents said has gotten more dangerous with the city’s population increase.

Lebanon Police officials said there were about 10 injury crashes at the intersection in 2018.

“My idea is to get this thing done by the end of this year, or early next year,” Crowell said.

Lebanon Engineering director Regina Santana has spearheaded the project for the city, which involved right-of-way acquisitions and utility relocations in order to bring the traffic signal and addition turning lanes to the intersection.

“There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff that must take place, but I’m asking (Santana) for updates every meeting. If the bids come back in at a reasonable price, I don’t see why it won’t be good to go,” Crowell said.

Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash said last year the state would collaborate with the city for the project, which would allowing the project’s cost to be partly paid for by the state.

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