Wiring glitch yields lunch hour gridlock Wednesday

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More road work set for 9 a.m. Thursday

Significant traffic backups in the townsite Wednesday were the result of malfunctioning temporary traffic signals being installed as part of road reconstruction work at Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive.

Installation of the temporary signals began at 9 a.m. and work in the intersection was anticipated to last 30 minutes to an hour.

Unfortunately, wiring errors in the new signal heads prohibited the temporary signal from being activated. Because the other signals had been removed prematurely by the contractor, the only option was to troubleshoot the issues with the temporary signal wiring.

Four-way stop traffic control was implemented but could not handle traffic flow at this primary intersection as the noon rush hour peak got underway. 

Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman who is the project manager for the Diamond Drive project stated, “I apologize to those of you who were caught in the unacceptable traffic congestion today. West Road is the last signal requiring this type of work and is scheduled for Thursday. This signal will remain functional until 9 a.m.

The contractor will have until 9 a.m. to prove that they are ready to accomplish the work. If they are ready, work should be completed by 10 a.m., if not, the work will be postponed until Thursday evening, after 7 p.m. to avoid the peak traffic.”

This project is in the last year of a four-year reconstruction of Diamond Drive, the county’s primary arterial roadway. Work to be accomplished this year is limited to roadway and concrete work as utility work was completed last year.

Contractor’s milestones include completion of the reconstruction of the Sullivan Field parking lot between May 30 and August 12, with all construction complete by Sept. 30.