As long as no delays for weather or other complications arise, the traffic signal is expected to be turned on Thursday in flashing mode only, Andy Haney, the city’s public works director, said.
“They have to leave it on for a few days in flashing mode to warn motorists that the new light is there,” Haney said. “Barring any weather or unforeseen delays, the intersection should be open and the traffic signal should be fully functioning Sept. 9.”
The project is running about a week ahead of schedule. Killough Construction Inc., 3633 U.S. 59, Ottawa, the project’s contractor, originally estimated the intersection — which closed in mid-April — would reopen in mid-September.
Primary changes for the intersection are the addition of a turn lane on Davis Road and turn lanes on K-68, allowing easier access onto Davis Road — the main route to the city’s industrial park.
A camera-controlled traffic signal also is being installed at the intersection, which officials said should “greatly assist” in clearing traffic from the congested intersection, particularly during high-traffic periods associated with shift changes at the industrial park, city officials said.