City plans traffic, pedestrian signal upgrades

Traffic and pedestrian signal improvements are being planned at several locations in Columbus to replace aging equipment.

The Columbus Board of Works on Tuesday approved a contract of $61,955 from Indianapolis-based James Drew Corp. for the improvements that could begin this winter. The work will involve replacing traffic signal lights and pedestrian signals, said Dave Hayward, executive director of public works/city engineer.

New traffic signal lights are planned at the intersection of 10th Street and Gladstone Avenue and at 10th Street and McClure Road, while bicycle-detection loops are slated to be installed at Central Avenue and Seventh Street, Hayward said. The bicycle-detection loops help notify the public that bikes are in the area.

In addition, pedestrian-signal improvements are targeted for Rocky Ford Road and Middle Road, while the city also plans to replace a traffic controller unit at Fifth and Washington streets.

The improvements are meant to upgrade aging signals in Columbus, some of which are 20 to 30 years old, Hayward said. The overall work is expected to be completed in the spring, although some projects may carry over into the summer months, he said.

The city also plans drainage repairs at six different locations after awarding a contract for about $12,610 to Seymour-based Lawyer Excavation. The work is slated to occur on Bridle Way Boulevard, Wildwood Lane, Beech Drive, Waterside Drive, East Meadow Ridge Road and Champion Drive.

The drainage improvements, which could begin soon depending on weather, are meant to improve areas where curbs have been washed out due to water, Hayward said.

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