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Stoplight approved for street

The long-awaited traffic signal at Lewisville-Clemmons Road and TownCenter Drive is finally getting the green light.

In 2006, the General Assembly set aside $200,000 at the NCDOT Division level for a signal at the intersection, which is just north of I-40, when traffic warranted it.

“DOT now agrees that it is warranted,” Gary Looper told the Clemmons Village Council at last Thursday night’s meeting. “We’ve been in on the design, which is still at Raleigh to be approved. We expect that relatively soon. After that has occurred, we will enter into right-of-way acquisition and construction.”

During his manager’s report, Looper said that the question to be addressed was whether Clemmons wanted to administer the project from a bid construction standpoint.

“We would like to move forward with the Village of Clemmons administering the project,” Looper said “The funds are accounted for in Raleigh.”

He added that the state used about $10,000 to do a design in 2006, but it was never implemented because the traffic signal wasn’t warranted.

So starting with $190,000, Looper said the village would expend the funds and then by reimbursed if it handled the project.

“It’s a little bit of a fluid situation,” he said. “If we are administering the bid process, we have tighter control. The project is not subject to the federal bureaucracy, if you will …