No westbound traffic on Tenth Ave. N.W. beginning Tuesday during school hours
When school reopens next Tuesday following the Labor Day holiday motorists traveling in northwest Cairo near Northside Elementary School should be aware of a new one-way street.
After a delay which prevented the implementation before the opening of school earlier this month, the Cairo city council Monday night voted unanimously to adopt a revised city ordinance which designates Tenth Avenue N.W. from U.S. Hwy. 84 to Fourth Street N.W. one-way eastward during school days from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Councilman Dr. Kermit Gilliard abstained due to his affiliation with the public schools as assistant school superintendent.
According to Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton, city forces are coordinating with school officials prior to the erection of signs noting the change.
“We plan to put up signs this Friday and the new ordinance will go into effect on Tuesday after Labor Day,” Addleton said.
Councilman James H. (Jimmy) Douglas suggested a city police vehicle be dispatched to the Tenth Avenue and U.S. 84 intersection to help direct traffic.
“We need the police there not to begin writing tickets, but to help control traffic,” Douglas said.
City officials are continuing to evaluate changes to the intersection to prevent motorists traveling west from attempting to turn off of U.S. 84 onto Tenth Avenue N.W.
In related news, the council also adopted a revised ordinance Monday night which calls for a three-way stop on Teresa Edwards Street to be erected as traffic control for speeders in the southwest Cairo neighborhood.