Several new street signs recommended for approval

The Pine Bluff City Council Traffic and Aviation Committee agreed Tuesday to recommend the installation of several new street signs for full council approval.

Southeast Arkansas Regional Planning Commission Director Larry Reynolds reviewed a list of signage requests and the recommendations of his agency’s traffic committee with council committee chairman Ward 3 Alderman Glen Brown and committee members Ward 2 Alderman Charles Boyd and Ward 4 Alderman Steven Mays.

Reynolds said that all signs that could result in a fine being assessed require council approval.

These include signage warning commercial trucks from using 38th Avenue between Olive Street and Harding Avenue that Reynolds said are needed to deter the trucks that are using the road as a shortcut.

Reynolds said that no parking signs are needed on the east side of Old Warren Road south of 40th Avenue to prevent accidents caused by limited visibility.

Another recommended signage request is the installation of “No Parking” signs on the east side of 19th Avenue at Olive Street to allow a resident to get out of their driveway.

Reynolds said that no parking signs are needed on 21st Avenue east of Oakwood Road adjacent to Benny Hatcher Field.

“The road is extremely narrow and a few weeks ago emergency responders were unable to reach the ball field when they were responding to a 911 call,” Reynolds said.

The committee disagreed with a commission recommendation to deny the installation of “Slow-Children at Play” signage in a neighborhood off of Bay Street along Eighth and Ninth avenues.

“Whenever it is something like this to protect children, I am going to say yes to it,” Brown said.

Boyd and Mays agreed that the signs should be installed.

The committee agreed with commission recommendations to approve the installation of speed limit signs along East 28th Avenue from Georgia Street to Ohio Street and from Georgia Street to Main Street.

The committee approved requests to install a dead end sign in the 300 block of East 23rd Avenue, slow-pedestrian traffic signs on West Second Avenue in front of New Home Baptist Church, no parking signs along King Street from University Avenue to Lake Street and caution trucks turning signs on Port Road near the entrance to the Union-Pacific railroad yard.