Traffic signal at First Street and Avenue D goes up this month
SNOHOMISH - The final phase of construction at First Street and Avenue D will wrap up this month with installation of a new traffic signal, said public works director Steve Schuller.
Schuller said that some of the traffic signal equipment has arrived and that the city is waiting for the rest of the shipment to begin work on the intersection later this month.
The decorative traffic signal poles will be similar to those at the intersection of Second Street and Avenue A installed in 2009.
The majority of the intersection’s reconstruction happened this summer with new crosswalks and landscaping. The electrical infrastructure was put in at that time.
“The (traffic) light is going to make this intersection more efficient,” project engineer Andrew Sics said in August. A rating system used to measure traffic flow deemed the intersection “failing.”
The system is based on the delay time drivers face to get through the intersection. An “A” is considered optimal and an “F” is considered bad, because that rating means a driver waits one minute or more. The intersection at First Street and Avenue D was getting an “F” for the long lines that developed during rush hour.
Electrical work on the poles is subcontracted by Service Electric, a local business on First Street. The project’s general contractor is Snohomish-area B&L Utility.
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