Lake Hamilton will soon have its own traffic light, Mayor Marlene Wagner told the Town Council during Tuesday's work session.

After months of letter writing and phone calls by Wagner, a town-wide protest held in January and the collection of 350 signatures on a petition requesting the light, the Florida Department of Transportation notified the town of its approval of a traffic signal at U.S. 27 and Main Street.

FDOT performed a traffic study at two intersections in April - U.S. 27 and Main Street and U.S. 27 at Kokomo Road.

"I am pleased to inform you the studies indicate the intersection of U.S. 27 and Main Street met the minimum requirements for traffic signal control," DOT District Secretary Stanley M. Cann said in a letter dated May 10.

The Kokomo Road intersection did not qualify for a signal.

The town will be required to construct turn lanes along Main Street on the east and west approaches to the intersection, the letter stated.

The town and FDOT will share the cost of the signal, Wagner said.

She estimates the town's share to be $125,000.

Town Planner Doug Leonard said it will probably be at least a year and a half before the light is in operation.