Since Smith-Enke Road was widened last year, traffic near Homestead and The Lakes at Rancho El Dorado subdivisions has increased considerably, according to the City of Maricopa. A traffic-control signal at the intersection of Chase Drive and Homestead Drive is planned to improve safety and ease congestion in the area.
Construction is set to begin next week.
Several residents in the affected neighborhoods commented on the City’s announcement on social media.
“Finally!” wrote Homestead resident Jaime Harrison. “This light has been needed for a long time. That intersection is dangerous to turn out onto Smith Enke. I try to avoid it because of how long it’ll take to get out of our neighborhood there. So, Thank you!”
Another resident, Jennifer Andersen, is equally excited: “It’s a nightmare trying to get out of Homestead now and dangerous. This will be helpful!”
However, not everyone believes a new traffic signal will solve the problem. Some residents worry the signal may create more congestion and delays.
“Just what we need, another traffic light,” wrote Keith Reed.
City officials are confident the new traffic signal will be an effective solution.
“We have carefully studied the traffic patterns in this area and determined that a traffic-control signal is necessary for the safety of our residents,” said Councilmember Vincent Manfredi.
The new signal will be the first to be installed with the new standard of black, powder-coated poles. This is part of the city’s efforts to upgrade its infrastructure and improve the overall aesthetic of its roads.
Editor’s note: Vincent Manfredi is the owner of InMaricopa.