State studying impact of left signals on Mineral Spring

State studying impact of left signals on Mineral Spring

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town officials have asked the state to study whether new left-turn signals at intersections on Mineral Spring Avenue could lead to enhanced traffic flow on the state roadway.

Chief David Tikoian, who serves on the State Traffic Commission, said that committee voted on June 26, at the recommendation of its traffic engineer, to approve moving forward with a request from the town to study the intersection of Mineral Spring and Lexington Avenue and come back with recommendations on the town’s request to install left-turn phases in both directions.

The Town Council, at Councilor Ken Amoriggi’s request on June 4, approved sending a letter to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation asking about the possibility of the arrow signals on Mineral Spring and Lexington going east and west on Mineral Spring.

The council also sent a follow-up reminder on a request last year for a left-turn signal at Mineral Spring and Charles Street for motorists turning left off Charles to go west on Mineral Spring.

Amoriggi’s request asks for an opinion from the state on whether the new signals will improve traffic on the town’s busiest road, which he noted has seen significant commercial development in recent months and an increasingly vibrant business base.