Drivers will find new stop requirements leading into and around downtown Paris over the next three months. Traffic signals downtown will be converted to flashing red lights and stop signs will be added to the intersections starting Dec. 6, 2021. The traffic study is being conducted by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the City of Paris. The change from traffic signals to flashing red signals with stop signs will remain in place through March 6, 2022.
In 2018, the City Council adopted a downtown plan recommending the return of a one-way pair system to two-way traffic leading to and from the Downtown Square. The 90-day study is being implemented for the City and TXDOT to assess the ability to replace traffic signals with stop signs, according to Andrew Mack, Director of Planning and Development for the City of Paris.
Following the 90-day study, a report will be presented to the City’s Traffic Commission and City Council for a determination on how to best proceed with the complete two-way system implementation project.
There is information on the City of Paris home page, www.paristexas.gov, with informational links provided on the adopted Comprehensive Plan and Attachments A & B Downtown plan. “An interactive map of where the new stop requirement will be implemented is also provided,” explained Cheri Bedford, Main Street Coordinator.
Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to use extra caution while traveling in the downtown area during the short-term study period.
A community survey will be available at the onset of the study and citizens are encouraged to provide feedback.
For more information and to complete a survey on the project, please visit the City or Chamber Websites.