Flashing beacons will be in place later this year on State Highway 82 south of Tahlequah in an effort to slow traffic near Keys High School.

Ballard said the increased volume of traffic around the school, which is located just off State Highway 82, has made the beacons a necessity.

Cherokee County commissioners met briefly Wednesday to unanimously approve a maintenance agreement for the flashing lights. District 3 Commissioner Mike Ballard said the process has been a long one, and State Rep. Mike Brown and State Sen. Jim Wilson have been involved in the project.

The lights, which will be placed at Stone Chapel Road and Indian Road, will be activated 30 minutes before school starts and 30 minutes after school ends in the afternoon. A contract for the installation will be let in February, Ballard said.

The cost of the lights will be on a 80-20 split, with the county being responsible for $3,000 and maintenance of the beacons.

The board of commissioners next meeting will be Monday, Feb. 5 at 9 a.m. in the second-floor conference room at the courthouse.

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