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Traffic Light Upgrade Making Progress

Lights, poles going up along Detroit Avenue. Project expected to be finished by year end.

Work continues on the Detroit Avenue Signalization Project, with poles and lights going up and crews have activated some of the new lights, according to Lakewood officials. 

The traffic signals on Detroit Avenue between Ridgewood and Arthur are expected to be completed by end of summer. Those lights will be synchronized to improve the traffic flow on Detroit.

“Replacing the signals on Detroit Avenue is a huge project which will significantly improve the traffic flow on Detroit,” Mayor Mike Summers said in a press release. “We hope to have most of the lights synchronized by the end of summer. We appreciate the patience of motorists in our city as we complete this traffic improvement project.”

In addition to the new lights and poles, new street signs are also being installed.

The next phase of the project will include Detroit Avenue between Lakeland and Sloane. The new traffic poles have been installed and work has begun on the wiring for the lights, the city reports.

The $3 million Detroit Avenue project is funded mostly with federal CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality) funds, with the remaining 20 percent coming from city funds. 

The Detroit signal project is part of the city’s overall traffic signal replacement program, which is occurring in five stages. Clifton Boulevard was phase one. Detroit Avenue is phases two and three. Phase four will be include Madison Avenue and phase five will include Franklin Boulevard and Hilliard Road.

Dennis Baker June 19, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I have been noticing that the lights timing seems WAY off, and the WALK signs sometimes never come on...has anyone else experienced this?
Peter Grossetti June 19, 2012 at 02:21 PM
The project won't be complete and synchronized until the end of summer. (See Mayor's comments in the story.) Until then, it will be far less than perfect.
Dennis Baker June 20, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Thanks. I undertand the Mayor's comments, but it seems like they would at least be able to get all of the WALK signs to come on occasionally and get the light at least a little bit better synched. I and several other people I have seen end up nervously and quickly crossing when it says DONT WALK after waiting for many minutes and several light cycles for a WALK sign that never comes....I have also noted that the WALK signals that do appear are VERY quick. I just hope no one gets hurt before they get it completed.

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