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City plans traffic light upgrade

July 25, 1997

Drivers along Wilson Boulevard could notice an improvement in traffic flow by the end of November as a result of a traffic signal upgrade, said Assistant City Engineer Rodney Tissue.

Motorists currently find themselves waiting at red lights unnecessarily because the older signals being used trigger green arrows for left-turn lanes even when there's no one waiting to turn, Tissue said. Those signals are at least 40 years old.

Newer signals will be more responsive to traffic demands, he said.

The new signals will be installed starting the week of Aug. 4 at five intersections, Tissue said.

Those intersections are Wilson Boulevard at Maryland Avenue, Wilson Boulevard at South Potomac Street, Pennsylvania Avenue at Park Lane, Burhans Boulevard at Park Lane/Mitchell Avenue, and Burhans Boulevard at Pennsylvania Avenue.

Valentine Electric, of Hagerstown, will do the work for $372,300, Tissue said.

There will be temporary lane closings during the day as the work is done periodically over the next four months, he said.

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Pavement markings and signage at the Burhans Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue intersection also will be improved.

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