New Stoplights

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

You may not think of Dayton as booming, but a lot's changed since Mayor Ed Bartley came here 50 years ago.

"Just a small country town a lot of horses and buggies, everybody knew everybody, nobody locked their doors," Mayor Ed Bartley says.

Now, there's so many people and cars, the one light isn't enough, so, one's being added at Route 732, and another at Route 257.

"It's not a very big town, but it's an awful lot of traffic that goes through 42," Mayor Bartley says.

About 16,000 cars a day to be exact, the secondary roads add another 8,000 cars to the mix, residents say the lights are necessary.

"Going through Dayton after school lets out is a chore," Myron Rhodes says.

"There's been numerous accidents and deaths-most of the time you have to wait until somebody gets killed before any actions taken," Mayor Bartley says.

"I saw the pole going up and I thought oh, here it comes so that means generally speaking there's going to be more businesses lining up along 42 and I'm sure there will be more stoplights put in," Rhodes says.

And Rhodes says he could do without the growth.

"It's more people to deal with there's more chance for accidents and that kind of thing so I don't like it-I'm out three miles and I don't like coming through town anymore," Rhodes says.

Mayor Bartley says, not all the changes are bad.

"It's the nicest little town in the Valley to live in," Mayor Bartley says.

The lights were put in because of several requests, the high volume of traffic and the number of accidents.

Both lights should be completed in 30 to 45 days.

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