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HINESBURG For almost a decade, residents of Hinesburg have been pushing for a traffic light to be installed at the intersection of Vermont 116 and Charlotte Road. Their patience has finally paid off. According to town officials, the new traffic light -- which arrived just in time for the holidays -- has reduced speed through town and improved the flow of traffic. Recent efforts to encourage walking by the Village Steering Committee and numerous requests by citizens for better traffic control led to the decision to install the light. However, the project was delayed in 2006 and construction did not begin until this year. The intersection of Charlotte Road and Vermont 116 also includes an exit from Lantmans Supermarket. Before the installation of the light, making a left turn onto 116 from the supermarket was difficult. Now, residents are finding it much easier to navigate. Accompanying the traffic light are three hand signals to assist those traveling by foot. Before the lights became fully functional on Friday, December 7, the intersection used flashing lights to alert drivers of the upcoming traffic stop.

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