Residents Weigh In on New Traffic Light by Lake Ella

New Traffic Light by Lake Ella Gets Mixed Reviews from Residents
Posted at 6:30 PM, Feb 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-10 11:48:15-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Back in November, construction began on North Monroe, between Tharpe Street and 7th Avenue, now progress is evident, with the new traffic light being nearly complete.

The new stop light will make leaving the Lake Ella area easier for residents.

And while street musician Bob Hurst said he thought the light might be a waste of tax dollars, most support the idea of offering safe crossing to pedestrians.

"Anything that is done for the benefit of pedestrians is a good thing," said Wolf Merklein, who's been a Tallahassee resident since 2006. "I'm in favor."

"Because sometimes people want to go across here at Lake Ella," said Jennifer Colley, a local resident since 2008. "Maybe they want to go shopping at Publix or Masa, and it's kind of a tough way to go.

North monroe -- it's an artery that runs through the heart of downtown Tallahassee. But some are concerned that this new traffic light might clog things up.

"Monroe is very difficult and we avoid it at pretty much all cost," said one resident.

But on the whole overwhelmingly, people are eager to hit that "push to cross button."

"I see construction as progress, and I think everyone will be happy with it once everything is done," said Gleda Cocly, another resident.