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Mosquito Spraying Statement
The most effective and long-term control of mosquitoes is through the reduction of standing water (breeding sites) and the biological/chemical treatment (larvaciding) of standing water that cannot be eliminated. Spraying for mosquitoes is a last resort to provide some short-term reduction in number of mosquitoes. Historically, frequent and routine mosquito spraying was a widely utilized and accepted practice in all mosquito prone localities. Based on good science, the governmental agencies that regulate outdoor pesticide applications now strongly discourage mosquito spraying EXCEPT when agents of mosquito borne illness (i.e. West Nile Virus, St. Louis Encephalitus, etc.) appear.
In light of regulatory pressures to limit mosquito spraying for disease prevention only, the reduction of mosquito breeding opportunities and personal protection (avoidance, reduction of exposed skin, wearing light-colored clothing, and use of insect repellants containing DEET) are the primary and most effective means of discouraging personal contact with nuisance mosquitoes. Therefore, mosquito spraying will be almost exclusively restricted to the detection of the West Nile Virus in the Addison area.
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Traffic Flow & Air Quality
The Town of Addison has recently completed a mobility project that will improve vehicle travel throughout the city. Belt Line Road, one of the most traveled thoroughfares in the DFW area, along with major intersections across Addison are flowing more smoothly following the changes.
The results of these improvements are significant. Belt Line Road, east bound and west bound, will see an overall reduction in travel time of 302,717 hours per year.
The project was implemented to increase traffic mobility throughout Addison via optimized signal timing while at the same time providing coordination of traffic signals between Addison and the adjacent cities of Carrollton, Dallas and Farmers Branch.
The need for coordinated timing plans within the Town of Addison is significant and will be of help as the DFW Metroplex moves to conform to acceptable pollutant standards within the next few years.
“Traffic signal timing improvements are the most cost effective solution for reducing vehicle emissions, delay, stops and fuel consumption,” said Ron Whitehead, former city manager for the Town of Addison. “We recognized the need to institute these changes as the restaurants, hotels and businesses in Addison continue to grow and attract consumers.”
The traffic signal timing optimization project completed by transportation engineers, Kimley-Horn and Associates:
- Developed and implemented optimized signal timing for 17 intersections along Belt Line Road and Midway Road while interfacing with signals belonging to three neighboring communities.
- Developed four separate timing plans to accommodate traffic flows during the morning, noon and evening rush periods, and during off-peak times.
- Enhanced the effectiveness of previous Town mobility improvement projects at various intersections on Belt Line Road where dual left turn lanes and designated right turn lanes were constructed.
“We collected data that would allow us to evaluate traffic flow during all day parts,” said Michael Murphy, former director of public works. “With accurate traffic counts and travel time runs, we were able to develop the improvement plan that is in place today. As Addison continues to grow, we will regularly evaluate traffic mobility to insure that it’s easy and enjoyable to drive to and through Addison.”
This optimized signal timing project is a continuation of the Town’s emphasis on mobility improvements accented by the Addison Airport tunnel project and the Arapaho Road extension project, which both serve as a reliever to Belt Line Road.